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On the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, County Supervisor Wilma Chan launched the New War on Poverty in Alameda County, now ALL IN Alameda County.

ALL IN Alameda County is a multi-stakeholder collaborative including people living in Alameda County communities, business owners, nonprofit leaders, government agency staff, and elected officials, all working together to end poverty.

ALL IN’s vision and goals are rooted in the belief that all families in Alameda County must be able to:

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

  • Chair — Hon. Wilma Chan
  • Vice-Chair* — Silvia Guzman
    * Must be a community resident
  • Community Residents
    • North County
    • East County
    • South County
  • Non-Profit Representatives
    • Alameda County Community Food Bank — Allison Pratt
    • 4C’s of Alameda County — Renee Herzfeld
    • Oakland Food Policy Council — Shaniece Alexander
    • Consultant — John Yuasa
  • County Agency Representatives
    • Alameda County Community Development Agency — Linda Gardner
    • Alameda County Public Health Department — Dr. Muntu Davis
    • Alameda County Sheriff’s Department — Hilary Bass
    • Alameda County Social Services Agency — Lori Cox
  • Business Representative
    • Inner City Advisors — Katie Booser
  • Public Agency — Non-County
    • AC-OCAP — Estelle Clemons
  • Ex-Officio Members
    • First Five Alameda County — Kristin Spanos
    • Interagency Children’s Policy Council — Julie Hadnot
    • Rise Together — Jalpa Patel
    • Tri-Valley Poverty Awareness Initiative — Kristi Miller

The Best Anti-Poverty Program is A Community

Low-income communities are rich with experience, know-how, wisdom, ideas, social capital, and good will. We believe communities know what they need to thrive; our job is to put wind in their sails.

Poverty is a Racial Justice Issue

Racism is a root cause of poverty in our society, and we must eradicate its influence on our social and economic policies. We include an analysis of racial disparities and systematic structural racism in our work to eliminate poverty.

Government Can (And Must) Innovate

Rather than prescribe one-size-fits-all solutions, government can set a course, and create an ecosystem of incentives and resources that allow creative, local solutions to long-term challenges to emerge. At its best, government provides infrastructure and incentives for innovation – both inside public agencies and within communities.

A Local Economy Grows Jobs & Prosperity

Local economies have moved people into the middle class for hundreds of years. We work to create a virtuous circle of local investment in local businesses owned by and employing local residents to produce local products and services for local consumers.

  • 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, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
  • Andrea Youngdahl, Director, Alameda County Interagency Children’s Policy Council
  • Bishop Bob Jackson, Acts Full Gospel Church
  • Bob Uyeki, Executive Director, Y&H Soda Foundation
  • Chris Bazar, Director, Alameda County Community Development Agency
  • Clarita Griffin, R.N., California Nurses Association
  • Deb Kong, 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, CEO, First 5 Alameda County
  • Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council
  • Kai Mander, Principal Analyst, Alameda County Administrator’s Office
  • Lori Cox, Director, Alameda County Social Services Agency
  • Lorne Needle, Chief Community Investment Officer, United Way of the Bay Area
  • Mark Friedman, CEO, Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • Mauricio Lim Miller, President and CEO, Family Independence Initiative
  • Dr. Muntu Davis, Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Sean Reardon, Professor, Stanford University School of Education
  • Susan True, Director of Education Strategy and Ventures, Rainin Foundation
  • Suzan Bateson, Executive Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank

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