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May 4, 2010 at 7:43 AM

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Greg Nickels to become a fellow at Living Cities

Posted by Emily Heffter

This post was updated at 10:15 a.m.

Former Mayor Greg Nickels announced Tuesday morning that he has been named a distinguished urban fellow at Living Cities, a philanthrophic group that does work on green jobs in urban areas.

According to a release from Living Cities on Tuesday morning: "Mayor Nickels will work closely with Living Cities' CEO and Board of Directors to shape the organization's expanded and ambitious green economy agenda aimed at helping America's cities lay the foundation for a new green economy that includes expanding opportunities for low-income people."

Nickels' position is a part-time, paid fellowship, lasting one-year, said Living Cities spokeswoman Andrea Martone. Nickels will work remotely from Seattle, with visits to the organization's D.C. office. Living Cities also has a New York office.

Martone said the group understands that Nickels will be doing "green-focused" work with other organizations, as well.

Nickels, who was mayor from 2001 to 2009 and lost in last year's primary election, spent the last quarter as a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He's back in Seattle this week, according to his Facebook page.

Living Cities has a cooperative of funding sources, including foundations and financial institutions. In the past 18 years, according to the group's website, Living Cities invested $600 million, which it used to leverage other funding to provide things like homes, stores, schools, child care, health care and job-training centers.

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