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Our mission is to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities

The Urban Strategies Council is a community building support and advocacy organization located in Oakland, California. Founded as a non-profit in 1987, the Council works with stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, and public systems to expand services for children and families, improve health, educational, and other outcomes, and increase employment and economic opportunities

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Junious Williams Presents at Black Tech Summit

Junious Williams of Urban Strategies Council presented local data to the Black in Tech Summit on May 2, 2015 on two topics. First, Mr. Williams presented data on population trends, educational attainment, employment, and income for Black Oaklanders. He also presented data on the impacts of the housing crisis on Oakland’s African American population.
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Equity and Collective Impact: Grassroots Organizations and Backbone as a Bridge

This is the first of a two-part series on insights about equity in collective impact emerging from Urban Strategies Council’s work in Oakland, CA. This series explores how the process of working with an explicit equity agenda across communities and systems can strengthen very local, grassroots efforts in particular ethnic communities and simultaneously build system-wide capacity to identify and address disparities.
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Welcoming Stephen Watkins to our team!!

Stephen joins us as our Income and Asset Developemt Associate!
Read more about him here

Oakland Achieves Progress Report is out!

In our second annual report on student progress in Oakland, we examine how well public education outcomes match the great potential of our children. Read more

Our inaugural Impact Report is out!

Read the Council’s first ever Impact Report: Landmark research, strong partnerships, policy victories and new strategic directions. Read more

Oakland Reads 2020 launched a new baseline report on Oakland Schools literacy. Written by Urban Strategies Council, this report examines the pathways to third grade reading in Oakland. Read more

We are happy to announce a new blog where you can read up on the work of the council.

Beyond Transparency is a new book focused on the open data landscape and features our Research Director Steve Spiker. Read online or buy here

Come this Wednesday and voice your opinion on prison realignment and the proposed community advisory board. Event Flyer

We have just released a new blog

Read articles from our staff and local leaders about criminal justice efforts in Alameda County

Read through our guide on Full Service Community Schools.

Council Speaks on KALW

Sarah Marxer, a research associate at the Council, joined practitioners of restorative justice in Oakland schools to discuss suspensions and moving toward racial equity in school discipline.

Council CEO presents to Grantmakers' for Education Urban Education Study Tour

CityCamp Oakland

Join us for the first CityCamp in Oakland. An unconference for city staff, technologists, open government fans and community to share, learn and collaborate!

Council BMoC and AAMAI presentation @ The Oakland City Council Life Enrichment Committee

Presentation on the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) and African American Male Achievement (AAMA) initiatives

Equity Framework in Action

Applying our equity framework to health and education

Data Driven Education Reforms- new video!

Watch this Ignite presentation of our education equity research!

Code for Oakland Awards night Sept 27th @ City Hall

Free to the public, come see incredible apps and tech built by Oaklanders for Oakland!

Council launches new web page on AB 109 Criminal Justice Realignment

Learn more about legislation, reentry groups, CCP meetings and minutes related to AB 109

Who owns your neighborhood?

Research report examining who is purchasing foreclosed properties in Oakland: Report and Press Release

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