Green Festival Speakers

Omar Freilla



Omar Freilla is an environmental justice activist, cooperative developer, and founder and coordinator of Green Worker Cooperatives in the Bronx. Raised in the South Bronx, where he continues to live, Omar Freilla is passionate about creating a green and democratic economy. He is nationally recognized as a leading voice for worker ownership, green jobs, and environmental justice and is founder and coordinator of Green Worker Cooperatives, an organization dedicated to incubating green and worker-owned businesses in the Bronx.

Freilla brings to his work years of experience challenging environmental injustices, and supporting the development of worker-owned businesses. His writings have appeared in numerous books, blogs, and articles, and he has been featured in several documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary The 11th Hour. Additionally, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism and was listed in Ebony Magazine's "Power 100" list for 2011.

He holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Miami University of Ohio and a B.S. from Morehouse College.