About Spike

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

New Deal Involving City-Owned Land Contradicts City’s Own Goals

Co-written by Steve King, Bobby Stahl and Spike. Judging by the development plans being discussed for seven acres of city-owned land at Oak Knoll, we would guess that no one involved in the deal has happened across the City’s own Playbook For a Resilient Oakland. The Playbook has been publicly available for a few short months, and [...]

Urban Strategies Council Launches Techpathways Web Resource Prepping East Bay Youth For Tech Careers

New one-stop site bridges knowledge gap on tech career options and local training opportunities OAKLAND, CA--November 29, 2016-- Urban Strategies Council, a leading organization alleviating East Bay poverty via data-driven research, policy innovation, and advocacy, is introducing techPathways in partnership with Raiz Labs, Digital Strategies, the East Bay Broadband Consortium, and the East Bay Economic [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Press|0 Comments

JP Morgan Chase’s Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents | EBX

Chase's city banking contract was conditioned on making quality financial services available to Oakland's low-income communities, but new data raises questions about how the bank is performing. Read More

By | January 14th, 2016|Press|0 Comments

Violence and Stress in Oakland’s Neighborhoods

Oakland is a thriving city by many measures, yet some neighborhoods experience conditions of violence that have become so commonplace as to seem unpreventable – even expected. While many areas of Oakland enjoy prosperity and rarely see violence, some neighborhoods are in despair, besieged by those risk factors that have well acquainted them to violence. [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|Urban Strategies News, Violence Prevention|0 Comments

Drummond: Investor purchases of foreclosures intensify housing crisis? | Oakland Tribune

Three years ago this month, the Urban Strategies Council released a report that sought to answer that question. The Oakland nonprofit found that investors -- most from outside the city -- were snatching up foreclosed homes in low-income neighborhoods in East and West Oakland that had been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. Read more

By | June 24th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Coalition seeks investigation of OneWest foreclosures | SGV Tribune

A statewide coalition is urging federal regulators to investigate a disproportionately high number of OneWest Bank foreclosures that have occurred in minority communities in California. An analysis that was conducted by Urban Strategies Council and released by the California Reinvestment Coalition examined more than 35,000 foreclosures that Pasadena-based OneWest and its subsidiary, Financial Freedom, have [...]

By | June 9th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Oakland’s Housing Affordability Crisis

As part of the City of Oakland’s A Roadmap Toward Equity report, Urban Strategies Council prepared a comprehensive data profile of the City’s current housing situation. By every measure, Oakland is in the midst of an affordability crisis: the vast majority of residents cannot afford to buy a home, nor would they be able to afford [...]

Building Alameda County’s First Public Health & Human Services Data Portal

Urban Strategies Council, First Five Alameda County and Eden I&R (the provider of 2-1-1 services in Alameda County) recently agreed to jointly build the first ever Health and Human Services Data Portal in California. The Data Portal will increase accessibility to Health and Human Services Information resources that can be utilized by the public as [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|Public Health|1 Comment

CA Fwd data summit pushes forward cause of California open data policy | CAFWD

"What that means is public data, the transactions of houses and foreclosures on homes...that information is sold to private companies only and they then sell it back to us," said Spiker. "Why do we need to fight with every single county to get access to this information?" Read More

By | March 19th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Growing our team

In the past weeks we welcomed three new people to our team, we're excited to have Robert Stahl joining our research staff as a research associate focused on housing and community development projects, Miguel Barbosa to lead our web and data visualization work and Anslem Ufomah joins us to manage our internal and web technology [...]

By | February 10th, 2015|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments