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7 Questions on Leadership with Eddie Price

Name: Eddie Price

Title: Executive Director

Organisation: San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition

Eddie Price is a Native of California who has been on the forefront of Economic Equity for over 25 years. Mr. Price spent his early years were in Oakland. Eventually, he moved to San Diego and hit the ground running. Realizing there was a lack of economics activity involving African Americans he started the San Diego Urban Economic Corporation. This non-profit was instrumental in filling a number of voids relating to support for communities, including small business development. It was under Mr. Price leadership that The San Diego Black Business weekend was initiated.

In addition to his current position with GRID Alternatives, Mr. Price serves on various local and statewide committees in the Renewable Energy Industry on locally. Recently he was chosen and named the Founding Chairperson of San Diego Community Powers Community Advisory Committee. He is Co-Chairman of the San Diego Chapter of California Solar Energy Industry Association, on the Board of Directors of San Diego Clean Tech Advocacy Council, a member of the City of San Diego Sustainable Energy Advisory Board In addition, Mr. Price has Co - founded and is President & CEO of The San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition. Also, recent recipient of The California Energy Commissions Inaugural 2020 California Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Eddie's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Time and Resource Management, utilizing social media, and Administrative task.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

As I look at my life, I believe I was born this way. If its a good fight, I will get in it and usually end up leading he charge. Also, I don't mind speaking truth to power.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I follow the lead of the Universe. lol. and I consult my calendar.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

I am constantly reminded , and embrace, that I am not the smartest person on the room

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

The Isis Papers , by Frances Cress Welsing.

It let me know who I am and how the world sees me, without even knowing me.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Don't apologize for attempting to do the "right thing" and be careful who's permission you seek.

Educate yourself to others position or opinion on things.


7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

When Hurricane Katrina happened, I saw the need for Black people to do something for New Orleans residents coming to San Diego. I put togethere a resource drive immediatly together that received overwhelming support that not only got immediate resources to those in San Diego, but also sent an 18wheeler to New Orleans full of clothes and other essentials.

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