News from Opportunity Partners – March 2015

New Leaders

Talking power with the New Leaders Council

We came to teach but we learned as well, conducting a power analysis training for the New Leaders Council Oakland Chapter, established by Dannette Lambert and Ecaterina Burton. With thanks to SCOPE in LA for the framework, Opportunity Partners has built out a workshop with visuals, action research, and reflection. This session focused on the Ella Baker Center campaign for Jobs not Jails, and highlighted the importance of researching targets and organizing on the ground. Opportunity Partners has conducted this training for East Oakland Building Healthy Communities, Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, labor unions, and college classes – let us know if you’d like a training outline.

Welcome, Non-Profit Housing Association

It’s an honor to be selected by the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California to provide leadership coaching and collective impact facilitation (aka coalition building) as residents and advocates fight for community-based solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis.

BIG Initiative grows

Opportunity Partners serves as senior consultant to the BIG Initiative, a project of Insight Center for Community Economic Development with Urban Strategies Council. An all-star team will inventory hiring, procurement, social investment programs, policies and metrics to increase economic security and local economic development, with a focus on boys and men of color.

California’s top-two primary and
the challenge of making real change

Imagine you are reading an article online – maybe this one – and you come to the end. Immediately below flash alarming photos and headlines about belly fat, mortgage rates, and cat videos. They call that clickbait. It’s how I feel about the top two primary: it’s not going to improve your health, your finances or your productivity. The top-two primary is reform of our political system in the same way that clickbait ads are reform of your lifestyle.

read more in the California Journal of Politics and Policy. Gratitude to Ethan Rarick and all presenters at the IGS annual conference for including community voices.

…And now a few words to our sponsors: Thank You!

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Sandra Davis, Program Manager
The California Endowment

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Nehanda Imara
Chair, East Oakland BHC-Land Use Group

“One of Sharon’s great strengths is her knowledge of the range of communities across the Bay Area. Her ability to work with diverse organizations to come up with appropriate and winning strategies is unmatched.”
Cheryl Brown, Political and Legislative Director
AFSCME Council 57

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