Socialize With Us

racial equity action institute header

Racial Equity Action Institute

Current and historical policies are driving dramatic inequality with rising and continued racial violence, hate, and intolerance. Now, more than ever we need to put emphasis on change and action within institutions and across sectors in order to operationalize racial equity.  

The Racial Equity Action Institute (REAI) was developed by Northern California Grantmakers in 2019 to do just that. We offer a useful virtual experience with interactive convenings for those who want to advance REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) within their institutions. One sector on its own cannot solve the challenges of racial inequities – this cohort learning program connects racial equity specialists from philanthropy, business, government, and nonprofits.  

This eight-month, multi-sector program kicks off from May through December 2022. Through REAI, participants will gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for developing actionable strategies in their institutions with field experts and each other. The curriculum centers racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability. We recognize we can achieve more together and are pleased to partner with SoCal Grantmakers to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Northern California and Southern California regions. 


Meet Past Cohorts

Meet the faces of the 2020-2021 cohort here and hear directly from the 2019 Inaugural Cohort by watching below.

Session Dates 

There are eight virtual convenings (10:00 am - 4:00 pm with 90 minutes allotted for lunch and breaks throughout the day) required as a part of REAI. All convenings will be hosted online via video conference platform. The dates are: 

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 
  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022 
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022 
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 



The curriculum supports creating a community reflecting and learning from each other to craft approaches to the challenges of advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and building skills to create the conditions for change within our institutions.  

Power of Community

(Thursday, May 12, 2022) 

Build community and develop relationships with cohort members with a focus on defining shared language on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and how REDI is operationalized.   

Power of Reflection and Healing

(Thursday, June 9, 2022)

Explore how personal and intersectional identities and oppressions based on ability, class, gender, race, and sexual orientation are experienced in our bodies.  Learn practices rooted in radical rest, trauma-informed approaches to healing, and tools for being resilient and avoiding burnout.   

Power of Systems Change

(Thursday, July 14, 2022) 

Learn frameworks, strategies, and tools on how to engage with peers and leaders on making racial equity, diversity, and inclusion change in your institution on a systems level.  

Power of Culture

(Thursday, August 11, 2022)  

Learn how to create a Race Equity Culture in your institution that values and prioritizes racial equity, diversity, and inclusion from Equity in the Center’s Awake to Woke to Work framework.   

Power To Leverage Change

(Thursday, September 8, 2022)   

Identify institutional levers for change and create the conditions for action to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in your institution.   

Power of Communications

(Thursday, October 13, 2022)  

Learn how to frame narratives, use storytelling, and develop messages to make the case for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in your institution.  

Power of Practice

(Thursday, November 10, 2022)  

Utilize an organizational assessment to develop a Racial Equity Action Plan. Share racial equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges in your institutions, explore strategies, and create solutions to address these barriers.   

Power of Collective Action

(Thursday, December 8, 2022)  

Refine Racial Equity Action Plans with implementation steps and timelines, reflect on the program experience, engage with REAI alumni, and discuss opportunities to work collectively in the future.   

Diversity and Equity Manager | City of Sacramento

Aimee Barnes

Program Manager | John Muir Health

Rugieyatu Bhonopha

Director | Casey Family Programs

Jenn Bowman

Principal Learning & Organizational Development | County of Marin

Dominique Burton

Program Officer | Blue Shield of California Foundation

TruongChinh Duong

Director of Program Strategy | Metta Fund

Renee Espinoza

Program & Finance Manager | The LeadersTrust

Luigi Fu

Manager, Office of Civil Rights | Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Mark Greene

Director, Neighborhood Collaborations | East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)

Anita Kumar

Senior Manager, Social Impact | Blue Shield of California

Amanda Lasik

Vice President, Impact Strategies | United Way Bay Area

Ena Li

Executive Administrator | Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Ryan Ly

Supervising Probation Officer | SF Adult Probation Department

Precious Malone

Managing Director, Operations | Humanity United

Sandra Nathan

Senior Director of Institutional Partnership, Equity | Resilia

Sanju Poudel

Director of International Programs | The McConnell Foundation

Jesica Rhone

Deputy Director of Policy and Communications | San Francisco Public Works

Beth Rubenstein

Site Director | Center for Employment Opportunities

Carmen Talavera

Grants Officer | The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Brooke Treadwell

Program Officer - Community Healing | North Valley Community Foundation

Monica Wigman

Hub Director | Sacramento Building Healthy Communities/Sierra Health Foundation

Kim Williams

Assistant City Manager | City of Hayward

Regina Youngblood

The 2022 Racial Equity Action Institute is taking place now. If you'd like to be the first to know about the 2023 Institute, please sign up below!