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

About Us

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 co-chaired by Supervisor Nate Miley. The steering committee includes residents, government agencies, nonprofit, and business organizations. The steering committee is a space to generate ideas, share best practices, build consensus, and work across sectors to address issues of poverty and provide direction for community partners. ALL IN’s staff receives guidance from the members and direction from the chair and co-chair of the steering committee. The steering committee chairman may take policy issues to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for consideration.

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 Sheriff’s Department — Lt. Marty Neideffer
    • Alameda County Community Development Agency — Michelle Starratt
    • 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 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
    • BARHII/Rise Together — Melissa Jones
    • Hayward Promise Neighborhood — Edgar Chavez
    • Vacant

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.

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-White, DrPH

Executive Director, ALL IN

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Julie Hadnot

Julie Hadnot

Associate Director of ALL IN

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Dr. Steven Chen

Dr. Steven Chen

Chief Medical Officer, ALL IN Alameda County

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Karen Ben-Moshe

Karen Ben-Moshe

Program Manager

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Jessica Blakemore

Jessica Blakemore

Youth and Family Systems Analyst

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Corey Brown

Corey Brown

Administrative Assistant

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Lyla Connolly

Lyla Connolly

Program Assistant

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Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore

Youth Services Coordinator

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Sarah Oddie

Sarah Oddie

Communications Liaison to ALL IN

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