About Junious Williams

Junious joined the Council in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 1998. He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Tyrone And Maria Don’t Live In Oakland Anymore: The Impact Of Housing Displacement On Employment Eligibility

All Oaklanders should be deeply concerned about the ongoing displacement of long-time Oakland residents who can no longer afford to live in the city or who have been pushed out of affordable housing, whether through legal or illegal means. While we debate about the number of victims, what government or the private sector should do [...]

New Tool For Tracking Indicators For Boys And Men Of Color Initiatives

We have just released a new Boys and Men of Color Indicator Guide, which identifies the focus indicators for various local and national initiatives to improve the lives of boys and men of color and describes why each indicator is important. The launch of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative by President Obama early last [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-07:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Tools|Tags: , |

Council among Grantees of Large-Scale Investment in Oakland: Board Announces CEO Transition

From Robert A.D. Schwartz, Board Chair, Urban Strategies Council: We are delighted to share the news that Urban Strategies Council is among the 15 community-based organizations that, alongside Oakland Unified School District, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and the Mayor’s Office, were funded to create pathways of opportunity in Oakland through a $34 million [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-07:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Urban Strategies News|Tags: |

Urban Strategies Council is seeking a volunteer to serve as a temp administrative assistant

Description: The Urban Strategies Council is seeking a mature individual with a strong administrative background to provide administrative and support services. Duties: The ideal candidate would be flexible and available to work two days a week as well as  occasional longer periods of time (when staff is traveling). The candidate will always be informed of [...]

By |2015-09-10T11:06:37-07:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Urban Strategies News|

Welcoming Stephen Watkins to our team

Urban Strategies Council is pleased to announce that Stephen Watkins has joined the staff  as our new program associate for income and asset development, effective August 1, 2014. Stephen’s work will focus on the integration of asset development services into workforce development programs to provide a sound financial platform for those transitioning from training into [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:11-07:00August 5th, 2014|Categories: Urban Strategies News|

Investing In Opportunity Youth In Oakland-Alameda County

Last week we were awarded an implementation grant from the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions for our Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative. The focus of this local initiative is to connect Opportunity Youth (young people aged 16-24 years who are not in school nor employed) in Oakland-Alameda County to stabilization services, education and training, and [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:11-07:00July 31st, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|

Press Release – Aspen Institute Re-Invests in Oakland Innovation

### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASPEN INSTITUTE RE-INVESTS IN INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVES TO ENGAGE “OPPORTUNITY YOUTH” IN OAKLAND AND ALAMEDA COUNTY Media Contacts: Junious Williams CEO 510-893-2494 juniousw at urbanstrategies.org (Oakland, CA) – July 29, 2014 – The Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) has awarded a second round grant to Urban Strategies Council for [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:11-07:00July 31st, 2014|Categories: Opportunity Youth Initiative|

Too Small To Fail

Come on Oakland—WE CAN DO THIS!! Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the meeting and press conference with Secretary Clinton and community leaders to announce the launch of the Too Small to Fail Initiative in Oakland. I must admit, I was impressed and excited about the opportunity for Oaklanders to provide Oakland’s children with [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:11-07:00July 24th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Presenting our inaugural Impact Report

During recent months, we have been assessing the impact of our work as we seek to hone our focus. In our very first Impact Report, we’re proud to highlight some of the major efforts we have engaged in during the past two years and the impact of this work towards achieving our mission. We believe [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:12-07:00July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Urban Strategies News|

Innovative Solutions: Richmond ONS Peacemaker Fellowship

Last week, the City of Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) was featured on Al-Jazeera’s America Tonight two part series “Paying For Peace” on their innovative approach to violence prevention and reduction. On Tuesday, April 1st 2014 the joint tables of the Oakland – Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Alliance welcomed [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:12-07:00June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Community Safety and Justice, Economic Development|
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