A CATALYST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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

The Council is a team of individuals with aligned views of the world, public policy, and community.

 

Our values reflect these shared principles for our work and for public systems that were created to serve all people fairly and equally.

Because Urban Strategies Council is not a single-issue organization, we are able to think and work holistically across silos, sectors, and jurisdictions. We partner with public agencies, grassroots organizing groups, and philanthropic organizations to catalyze lasting social change.

 

In order to move the needle on persistent poverty, we need to change the systems that are currently ineffective, and so we focus  on reforming the systems that serve low-income communities.

FOUNDED IN 1987
URBAN STRATEGIES COUNCIL
has focused on improving outcomes for children & families in Oakland and the entire East Bay for more than 32 years.

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MAYOR LIBBY SCHAAF

CITY OF OAKLAND

“Urban Strategies Council is a trusted voice in our city, one that does not compromise on principle and that works tirelessly across silos and institutions to connect efforts that would otherwise be isolated, disconnected initiatives with less impact.”