About 2017-05-18T10:53:31+00:00

We bring together people and data for equity and 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 do this by leveraging research, policy, innovation, collaboration, and advocacy to achieve equity and social justice.

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:


What drives us


Learn about our impact in the Bay Area


How we blend data, people & policy

Board of Directors

Meet the board


Talented, diverse and dedicated


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