Greenlining Neighborhoods: Our Approach to Community Investment

Greenlining Neighborhoods: Our Approach to Community Investment

The Greenlining Institute’s name started out as a response to redlining, but like all things, our work has evolved. Moving beyond just bringing resources into underserved communities, we now think of greenlining neighborhoods as an equitable way of conceiving community investment.  While California’s economy grew, eventually surpassing Great Britain to become the fifth largest economy on the planet, so did income inequality. A recent study by the California Budget and Policy Center showed 18.6 percent growth in income for the top five percent of earners from 2006 to 2018, while the bottom 20 percent saw their incomes fall by 5.3 percent. When we adjust for the high cost of living,…
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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Over the past year, I’ve thankfully managed to shed much of my imposter syndrome thanks to the Leadership Academy’s model of empowerment and transformation. My first day of the Greenlining Fellowship terrified me. I shouldn’t admit this on the internet, but I was so nervous about being late on my first day that I arrived in downtown Oakland at 7:45 am, but I was also so nervous about making a good impression that I waited until 9 and pretended I had just casually gotten off the bus. This was my first full-time job after being in grad school for the previous two years. I had no idea what it would…
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Ambition, My Personal Narrative and “Harder Skills”

Ambition, My Personal Narrative and “Harder Skills”

As long as I can remember, I’ve had ambition. Some of the early career paths I considered for myself were Oscar-winning actress, renowned surgeon, or world-famous architect. Eventually, I picked a more modest career goal of working in urban policy, but my ambition stayed with me. I was lucky to grow up in an environment where I was encouraged to ignore the structural barriers imposed upon me — it never occurred to me that our society wouldn’t want a young half-Filipina woman to succeed or that my personal narrative was that important to my professional ambition. The role models in my family are immigrants, strong women, mavericks who defied authority…
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SB 50 and a Comprehensive Approach to California’s Housing Crisis

SB 50 and a Comprehensive Approach to California’s Housing Crisis

As nearly every Californian knows, we are in the midst of a dire housing crisis. Thanks to years of steady population growth and low rates of housing construction, the supply of housing is nowhere near enough to keep up with demand, particularly for low- and moderate-income families. Earlier this year, Governor Newsom announced a lofty goal of building 3.5 million homes by 2025, but I’m skeptical. That would require building 500,000 homes annually in a state where we’ve built an average of 80,000 homes per year in the last decade. Legislation, like the controversial SB 50, seeks to spur housing construction. The worst impacts of the housing crisis fall disproportionately…
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