Skip Banner
ALL IN Staff Members - Ryan Thayer, Jessica Blakemore, and Hannah Moore - gather around a table during a strategic planning meeting.

About Us

In January 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan launched the New War on Poverty in Alameda County. The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in support of the effort, which was named ALL IN Alameda County.

ALL IN Alameda County was created to make significant progress towards the ambitious goal of ending poverty in our community. ALL IN’s primary strategies are collaboration and innovation. Through a stakeholder engagement process involving County staff and leadership and community leadership, everyone with a role in creating conditions for families and individual residents in Alameda County to prosper are encouraged to work together to design and implement new solutions.

ALL IN Alameda County is governed by a steering committee chaired by Supervisor Wilma Chan, and includes community residents, government agencies, nonprofit, and business representatives. The Steering Committee reviews and approves plans from action teams, and directs staff to move implementation forward. The Steering Committee can request that action teams address specific opportunities.

The whole membership brings awareness about issues in communities and agencies, and generates ideas for focus areas. Every member is encouraged to serve on an action team, which generates ideas and content, and designs implementation plans. Implementation plans go to Steering committee on a rolling basis as teams are ready.

Staff provide the organizational “backbone,” filling key communications, logistics, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation roles.

At all levels of governance, ALL IN strives for a consensus decision-making model, and utilizes a 2/3 supermajority vote when needed.

Steering Committee

  • Board of Supervisors Members
    • Chair — Hon. Wilma Chan
    • Member — Hon. Nate Miley
  • Vice-Chair* — Silvia Guzman
    * Must be a community resident
  • District Representatives
    • District 1 — Vacant
    • District 2 — Vacant
    • District 3 — Vacant
    • District 4 — Vacant
    • District 5 — Vacant
  • Non-Profit Representatives
    • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) — Gwen Austin
    • 4 C's of Alameda County — Renee Herzfeld
    • REDF — Jalpa Patel
  • County Agency Representatives
    • Alameda County Social Services Agency — Lori Cox
    • Alameda County Public Health Department — Kimi Watkins-Tartt
    • Alameda County Sheriff’s Department — Lt. Marty Neideffer
    • Alameda County Community Development Agency — Linda Gardner
    • Alameda County Probation Department — Chief Wendy Still
    • Alameda County District Attorney’s Office — Nancy O’Malley
    • Alameda County Public Defender’s Office — Brendon Woods 
    • Alameda County Juvenile Courts — Hon. Charles Smiley 
    • Alameda County Health Care Services Agency — Colleen Chawla 
  • Business Representative
    • Vacant
  • Public Agency — Non-County
    • AC-OCAP — Estelle Clemons
    • City of Oakland Human Services Agency — Sara Bedford
  • Initiative Members
    • First Five Alameda County — Kristin Spanos
    • Tri-Valley Poverty Awareness Initiative — Kristi Miller
    • Rise Together/BARHII — Megan Joseph
    • Hayward Promise Neighborhood — Melinda Hall

Mobility from poverty requires equity.

Structural barriers to opportunity that arise from racism and economic and social policies that drive inequality are a root cause of poverty in our society. Building public systems that enable movement out of poverty requires an analysis of racial, economic, and other disparities, and the design of policies and programs that promote equity.

Mobility from poverty requires community leadership.

Low-income communities are rich with experience, know-how, wisdom, ideas, social capital, and good will. ALL IN believes communities know what they need to thrive, and our job is to elevate the voices, experiences, and leadership of people with lived experience of poverty and systems barriers as the starting place for change.

Mobility from poverty requires healthy systems.

At their best, government systems provide infrastructure that supports the equitable well-being of their constituents. ALL IN works to create healthy, responsive public systems rich with incentives and resources that allow creative, local, sustainable solutions to long-term challenges to emerge.

Mobility from poverty requires a strong local economy.

Local economies have enabled people to move into the middle class for hundreds of years. ALL IN works to create a virtuous circle of local investment in businesses owned by and employing local residents to produce products and services for local consumers.

In January 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan launched the New War on Poverty in Alameda County. The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in support. The effort was named ALL IN ALAMEDA COUNTY.

ALL IN began as an extension of Alameda County’s “Human Impact Budget,” launched by Supervisor Wilma Chan, with support from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, to explore the impact of state budget cuts on Alameda County residents. The project aimed to share the stories of people impacted by cuts, provide facts, and empower people to take action.

Between 2008 and 2013, California cut over $15 billion from our social safety net –all during a time when people were losing their jobs, health insurance, and sense of security. While the state budget and overall economy have improved, conditions for people dependent on safety net services have not. There was and is an on going need to develop innovative strategies and partnerships to increase opportunity for all. Alameda County children, families, people with disabilities and older adults have found it hard to meet their basic needs for food, housing, childcare, independent living services, and more.

ALL IN Alameda County was created to address issues of poverty using the tools of collaboration and innovation. While the County’s public agencies provide the safety net created, largely, by the War on Poverty, these safety net services are often siloed, and experienced by community residents as isolated from one another. A community resident who needs an affordable place to live, a job, access to free or low-cost food, and medical care would need to access a different part of Alameda County’s infrastructure to acquire each of these supports. ALL IN promotes collaboration among County agencies to reduce the siloed nature of services, for example, combining food access with health care services. ALL IN also seeks to improve the way Alameda County is addressing issues of poverty through a lens of creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, and partnership, for example generating jobs for formerly incarcerated community residents by developing a food recovery social enterprise.

We would like to particularly thank ALL IN’s Advisory Board members, who helped launch our initiative and shape its work:

  • Hon. Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor (Chair)
  • Hon. Barbara Lee, United States Congresswoman
  • Hon. Rob Bonta, California State Assemblyman
  • Susan Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator
  • Alex Briscoe, Former Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
  • Andrea Youngdahl, Former Director, Alameda County Interagency Children's Policy Council
  • Bishop Bob Jackson, Acts Full Gospel Church
  • Bob Uyeki, CEO, Y&H Soda Foundation
  • Chris Bazar, Director, Alameda County Community Development Agency
  • Clarita Griffin, R.N., California Nurses Association
  • Deb Kong, Former Executive Director, Early Edge California
  • Doug Jones, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West
  • Hilary Hoynes, Professor, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
  • James Paxson, General Manager, Hacienda Business Park
  • Janis Burger, Former CEO, First 5 Alameda County
  • Josie Camacho, Former Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council
  • Kai Mander, Former Principal Analyst, Alameda County Administrator's Office
  • Lori Cox, Director, Alameda County Social Services Agency
  • Lorne Needle, Former Chief Community Investment Officer, United Way of the Bay Area
  • Mark Friedman, Former CEO, Thomas J. Long Foundation*
  • Mauricio Lim Miller, President and CEO, Family Independence Initiative
  • Dr. Muntu Davis, Former Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Sean Reardon, Professor, Stanford University School of Education
  • Susan True, Former Director of Education Strategy and Ventures, Rainin Foundation
  • Suzan Bateson, Executive Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank

*The Thomas J. Long Foundation allocated its final funds in 2018

Our Staff

Larissa J. Estes

Larissa J. Estes, DrPH

Executive Director, ALL IN

Email Larissa

Read Larissa's Bio

Julie Hadnot

Julie Hadnot

Associate Director of ALL IN

Email Julie

Read Julie's Bio

Dr. Steven Chen

Dr. Steven Chen

Chief Medical Officer, ALL IN Alameda County

Email Dr. Chen

Read Dr. Steven Chen's Bio

Jessica Blakemore

Jessica Blakemore

Management Analyst

Email Jessica

Read Jessica's Bio

Corey Brown

Corey Brown

Administrative Assistant

Email Corey

Read Corey's Bio

Marissa Caldwell

Marissa Caldwell

Program Assistant

Email Marissa

Read Marissa's Bio

Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore

Coordinator of Community Partnerships

Email Hannah

Read Hannah's Bio

Ryan Thayer

Ryan Thayer

Policy Analyst

Email Ryan

Read Ryan's Bio

Sarah Oddie

Sarah Oddie

Communications Consultant to ALL IN

Email Sarah

Read Sarah's Bio