Last week, affiliate Georgia STAND-UP’s Executive Director, Deborah Scott, received the Black Women’s Roundtable SISTARS Economic and Social Justice Leadership Award. She was selected for her commitment to empowering communities of color to live healthy and prosperous lives, as well as her leadership in promoting smart growth to create healthy, livable neighborhoods that respect the rights of existing residents to benefit from the progress and development taking place within their communities.
At the Fifth Annual Black Women’s Roundtable in Washington, DC, hundreds of black women from around the country convened to celebrate Women’s History Month and to develop strategies to help women and girls live “healthier, wealthier and wiser lives.” Scott also participated in a panel on African-American women and entrepreneurship with a community lens.
A 2012 “White House Champion of Change,” honoree, the Rainbow Push Coalition 2015 Advocate of the Year and 2013 Georgia AFL-CIO Friend of Labor Award recipient, Scott is a fierce activist in the Georgia community, fighting for economic, racial and environmental justice. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair on Partnership for Working Families’ board of directors and as Georgia STAND-UP’s Executive Director, she is the founder of TRADE-UP, a pre-apprenticeship program that provides a pathway for residents of low-wealth, disadvantaged populations to 21 skilled trades through the AFL-CIO multi-craft training program. Among the most important things Scott is doing to support women workers is expanding public transit to make sure women like Elmenar Lord can get to work. Read more here.