In collaboration with the City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development Department and the Surdna Foundation, The Greenlining Institute is recruiting for an Equitable Economic Development Fellow to work inside the City of Oakland on policy implementation aimed at wealth gains for households of color. The City of Oakland has recently adopted an Economic Development Strategy for the years 2018-2020 which includes equity goals to increase the number of Oaklanders earning at least a living wage and to decrease the asset poverty rate for households of color. View the Strategy here.

This is a two-year position based at Oakland City Hall with the possibility of further extension based on performance and funding considerations. The Fellow will meet regularly with The Greenlining Institute to support their work.

Oakland’s Economic Development Strategy covers multiple City services, including housing, transportation, public works, business development, workforce development, real estate, and cultural arts. The Equitable Economic Development Fellow will assist City staff in actions towards achieving the targets laid out in the Strategy and evaluating and deepening their racial equity impacts. This will include soliciting community feedback, analyzing current City services for racial disparities, recommending improvements to existing programs for efficiency and equity, and creating analysis to support new policies and programs.


  • Conduct economic research disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, and other social variables
  • Design and facilitate public engagement
  • Support service design and communications campaigns to better connect residents and businesses with current and future resources
  • Track adopted City performance measures
  • Research and support partnerships with nonprofit and for-profit entities and funders
  • Collaborate across City departments to support equitable outcomes


  • Familiarity with census and other socioeconomic data sources, participatory research, community engagement.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability to both independently manage research projects and facilitate team building towards policy and service outcomes.
  • Desired skills: Statistics software, GIS, research design, business and workforce development experience.


Salary range is $68,000 to $95,000, and will reflect current experience. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and paid sabbatical leave after 5 years of full-time employment.


Please send a cover letter and resume by Friday, May 25, 2018 to Please include in the subject line: “Economic Equity Fellow – City of Oakland.”

Greenlining is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace. We encourage women, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, those formerly incarcerated, and LGBTQ applicants to apply.
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