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Learning + Action Series: Building Community Economic Power + Ownership

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT
East Bay Community Foundation
353 Frank H Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612
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East Bay Community Foundation, Asset Funders Network, and Northern California Grantmakers invite your participation in an Inclusive Economy Learning + Action Series for funders, policy makers and practitioners concerned about the future of low and middle wage workers in the region, many of whom are people of color, immigrants, and those impacted by the justice system.

In spite of the economic boom, income inequality is on the rise, with African Americans and Latinos overrepresented among the lowest earning households. The poverty rate for African Americans is more than double the overall poverty rate in the region, and these rates are exacerbated when you adjust for high housing costs in the region. Rents continue to rise, while wages have stagnated. Middle wage job opportunities continue to shrink, deepening inequality.

Join a community of funders and policy advocates working to create an Inclusive Bay Area Economy that provides equitable opportunities for good jobs, entrepreneurship, career pathways, and asset building, especially for those who are traditionally left behind. 

We envision a just Bay Area with vibrant, resilient communities, strong local economies, and thriving industries that contribute to the health, well-being, and prosperity of all residents and a sustainable environment. We can achieve an inclusive economy when those who are furthest from economic opportunity fully participate in and benefit from economic decisions that shape their neighborhoods and the region. 

The Learning + Action Series is organized around the key strategies that are essential in creating a truly inclusive Bay Area economy that creates conditions for asset-building among low income communities of color: Policy & Systems Change; Business and Capital Innovations; and Community Leadership, Power + Ownership. Each session will feature local thought leaders and practitioners and provide space for funders and donors to strategize solutions and take collective action.

This session will highlight organizations focused on building community leadership and ownership in our regional economy. Organizers will share their vision of economic power and community ownership, analysis of what’s needed to get there, and how funders can partner on strategies. 


9:30AM                             Registration

10:00AM – 12:00PM         Panel discussion, small group breakouts, Q&A

12:00PM – 1:00PM           Networking

12:30PM – 1:30PM           Funder and donors only luncheon


  • Pam David, Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers (moderator)
  • Kate O’Hara, Executive Director, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
  • Keith Snodgrass, Executive Director, Bay Area Black Workers Center
  • Mujeres Unidas y Activas

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