How This Introvert Found Her Voice

How This Introvert Found Her Voice

Over the last several weeks we’ve been posting a series of blogs from our current Greenlining Fellows, exploring their own personal transformation and #ChangeFromWithin, and what that means for leadership development. You can read the series here. Here at Greenlining’s Leadership Academy, we’ve been on a journey. We invite you to join us. I applied to be a Greenlining Policy Fellow because I wanted to work on economic policy research and advocacy. I had imagined my year at Greenlining would look like busy days spent reading and writing reports, like I’d seen at the think tanks and government offices I’d interned in. Imagine my anxiety as an introvert when I…
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Homeownership Champions Unite: Locked out of the Oakland Market

Homeownership Champions Unite: Locked out of the Oakland Market

Homeownership helps families and individuals across America create and maintain wealth. When people own their homes, children perform better in school, communities are healthier, and families have financial stability to weather economic hardships. But as homeownership declines, America could become a renter nation, which is not sustainable for thriving communities. Therefore, we urgently need to revive a strong base of support for homeownership. What does the homeownership landscape look like for people of color in Oakland and Alameda County? On Friday, November 4, community members and stakeholders came together for a closer look at this question. Greenlining partnered with the Center for Responsible Lending to co-host a roundtable discussion and…
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Housing State of Emergency: Solutions in Sight

Housing State of Emergency: Solutions in Sight

When first moving to the Bay Area, I was shocked by the number of tent cities I saw. They reminded me of sprawling refugee camps, inhabited by people who fled violence and destruction in war torn countries like Syria, where my family is from.  As a Syrian American, I know the refugee narrative all too well. Yet the tent cities made me aware that you can be a refugee in your own country, as the lack of affordable housing in the U.S. leaves many without a stable place to call home. Lack of affordable housing is the number one reason low and middle income people are leaving the Bay Area. Fortunately,…
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