Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute will join Oakland’s first Pride parade with a float in the Aug. 31 march. Greenlining, founded in 1993 by members of the African American, Asian American and Latino communities seeking to work together for racial and economic justice, will move into its new headquarters in downtown Oakland next year.

“As an organization devoted to diversity in all its forms, we’re proud to be allies of the LGBTQ community and to stand with our LGBTQ staff members,” said Greenlining Institute Chief Operating Officer Preeti Vissa. “This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen our connection with our new neighbors in downtown Oakland.”

Now headquartered in Berkeley, Greenlining has purchased a failed bank building at 360 14th Street and is preparing to reclaim, revitalize, and transform this abandoned eyesore into a hub for what the organization envisions as an “equity ecosystem.” The organization aims to transform the building into a flourishing, energy-efficient conference and nonprofit center built with minority-owned businesses hiring local employees. The transformed building will include affordable office space and meeting facilities available to Oakland nonprofits, as well as space to display the work of local artists. Information about the project can be found at


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