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.