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We are a married couple and co-founders of Urban Renewable, a green-energy and racial-justice consultancy with a social-impact development arm, the Urban Renewable Collaborative, that builds Black homeowner wealth and fights gentrification as it builds net-zero-energy homes. We’ve known each other for a very long time and thrive on the fact that we bring different skill sets and cultural experience: Gregory Williams is a Black architect, small-business owner, and artist whose parents were redlined when trying to buy their first home in Los Angeles. Marilyn Berlin Snell is a white journalist and author focused on environment, politics, and culture whose parents still live in a house with a deed covenant that restricts sale to whites. Our first decision for Urban Renewable was “for or not-for profit?” We disagreed, made our arguments, researched, and came up with a hybrid business model that works for both of us for now.