Lead East Bay

In 2017, Oakland Rising (along with sister organizations Oakland Rising Action and the Oakland Rising Committee) is launching a new program to identify, recruit and train the future progressive appointed and elected officials of the East Bay, Lead East Bay.

We are looking for leaders with a demonstrated commitment to building power for working class communities of color, through paid or volunteer work in movement organizations, congregations, labor movements or other relevant experience.

Our goal is to identify, train and assist progressive leaders in achieving critical public leadership roles throughout our region - elected and appointed positions, as well as staff roles for elected officials and on campaigns.

What makes Lead East Bay different from other leadership development programs is the focus on deep community roots and the network of support and accountability that participants will have, whether they end up in appointed or elected positions.  We believe that no decision-maker – no matter how skilled, passionate or principled – can be effective and build the political will necessary to make change, without these things.

We seek to reverse the trend of public leaders losing their focus on the values, goals and communities that brought them into leadership in the first place, and becoming reactive to political winds and paths of least resistance.  We intend to build deep and lasting partnerships for grassroots activists while preparing them to succeed as values-based, goals-driven, accountable public decision-makers.

If our program is successful, we gradually expect to see:

  • more accountability among elected and appointed officials to communities of color,
  • more inclusive decision-making within public agencies (involvement of low-income communities of color in the decisions that affect them),
  • more political power for working class communities of color in the East Bay, and
  • a leadership development ecosystem that is more focused on the needs of the movement rather than individual leaders.

We believe that getting the right leaders into public leadership roles is critical in tackling the persistent issues in our region, such as the lack of affordable housing, which plague communities of color and contribute to the growing inequality in the Bay Area. We are excited to work with leaders who want to be part of addressing these problems.

If you are committed to racial and economic justice and have ever thought about serving on a board or commission, running for office or working for an elected official, this program may be for you.

We have closed the application process for next year, but will open up applications again in January or February 2018. Stay tuned here or sign up for OR email alerts to be notified.

For more information, contact shanthi (@) oaklandrising.org.

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