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 investment by an anonymous donor of The San Francisco Foundation. We want to thank the donor and the San Francisco Foundation staff for the generous gift and for their support of Oakland and the Council’s work.

This investment couldn’t come at a more important time – for Oakland and for Urban Strategies Council. The demographic and economic changes Oakland is experiencing present critical opportunities and challenges.

This funding will enable us to apply our expertise in building collaborative leadership, research and data for action, and policy and systems reform to these opportunities and challenges through an intensive focus on three critical issues facing the city and determining its future: equitable development, affordable housing, workforce development and quality public education, with a special focus on improved outcomes for boys and men of color.

Additionally, it will enable the Council to build on our strengths as our longtime CEO, Junious Williams, prepares to transition out of his position. We will use a portion of this funding to support the planning, leadership development, recruitment, and communications necessary to build on Junious’ legacy and to welcome a new leader.

Again, the board and staff of the Council extend our gratitude to the anonymous donor and to the staff of The San Francisco Foundation for this investment.