In Memory of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan

Oakland Thrives Statement on the Passing of the Honorable Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan

Oakland Thrives grieves for the loss of our co-chair and beloved leader, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who was tragically killed on November 3rd. Our hearts are heavy, and yet we find strength in the power of her legacy. Over a distinguished 30-year career in public life, Supervisor Chan consistently advanced her vision of a community where families are supported and children thrive. She was a key architect and champion of new policies that created access to healthcare, housing, childcare, jobs, and healthy food for thousands of Alameda County’s most vulnerable residents. She was an innovator, creating ALL IN Alameda County to design and test new approaches to moving families out of poverty, and launching ALL IN Eats to develop sustainable local food systems. She was a collaborator, consistently championing cross-sector initiatives, including the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority and the Oakland Thrives Leadership Council. Oakland Thrives has grown stronger through her leadership, and we will honor her legacy through our own relentless commitment to making Oakland’s children, families, and communities the healthiest in the nation. She inspires us to continue the work.

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
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August 20, 2020


Last spring, Oakland leaders launched an emergency Task Force comprised of leaders, practitioners, community organizations, health clinics, philanthropy and local government to develop Rapid Response strategies and longer-term recommendations for action and best practices to reduce disparities.
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September 26, 2019

The JPA and the Urban Leaders Fellowship: Mentorship in Policy and Practice

The JPA's yearly partnership with the Urban LeadersFellowship represents the JPA's interest in educating a new wave of participants who are interested in the breadth of institutional, political, policy, and practice knowledge within public systems.
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March 27, 2019

Grieving the Loss of an Oakland Son

The Trustees and Staff of the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority mourn with Oakland City Councilmember and JPA Trustee Lynette McElhaney and her husband Clarence McElhaney, on the loss of their son Victor McElhaney, a victim of gun violence, on Sunday March 10, 2019 while away at school.
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March 7, 2018

Oakland We Love You

Spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal and filmmaker Jamie DeWolf beautifully capture our city’s diversity and rich culture. Let Sarah’s poetry and performance take you on a journey to every corner of Oakland...
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March 7, 2018

It takes a community: Community schools provide opportunities for all

Everyone benefits when a school assumes responsibility for coordinating services that address the many nonacademic needs of students and their families.
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