About 2017-08-27T16:41:47+00:00

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.

We are a regional research and advocacy organization dedicated to social, economic and racial equity.

We work to hold institutions and systems accountable to community needs.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded in 1987, Urban Strategies Council has focused on improving outcomes for children and families in Oakland and the East Bay for more than 28 years.
  • We believe that the conditions required to eliminate persistent poverty include high-quality education, sustainable-wage employment, community health and safety, and affordable housing.
  • We act as a convener, facilitator, advocate, source of rigorous research and analysis, and catalyst, increasing the ability of government, community groups, non-profits and businesses to build thriving communities.
  • We believe that collective action, propelled by accurate, relevant, and timely data is critical to achieving the social change we envision through our mission.
“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.”
Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland

Learn More:

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What drives us

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Learn about our impact in the Bay Area

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How we blend data, people & policy

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Meet the board

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Talented, diverse and dedicated

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