What We Do

We're building a future where communities of color thrive

Founded in 1993, The Greenlining Institute is a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. We work on a variety of major policy issues, from the economy to environmental policy, health care and many others, because economic opportunity has many parts, and they all connect.

Greenlining's Ballot Proposition Guide is Now live!

The 2020 California Ballot Proposition Guide on Racial justice

Our communities and neighborhoods are facing an unprecedented number of crisis - a global pandemic, worsening wildfires, and an economic recession - all exacerbated by racial inequality. This November is our historic chance to move our state forward, by prioritizing racial equity This November is our historic chance to move our state forward, by prioritizing racial equity

Moving Our Country Forward

A New Anti-Racist Future

We will not quit until we end racism in every corner of society and our communities are freed from the weight of white supremacy and nationalism. The epidemic of police brutality is a reminder to us all of how precious the freedoms won by our predecessors are and how frequently they are denied to Black and Brown people. We're dedicated to dismantling racially unjust policies, practices and structures and to promoting anti-racist policies because Black Lives Matter and we stand in unequivocal solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives.

A Just Response to COVID-19

An Equitable Just Future Can Start Today

Now more than ever our movement must embrace equity, ensuring that those experiencing the most hurt receive the most care. Our nation's leaders must practice equity, turning commitment into actionable equity strategies in our immediate response to the crisis and recovery efforts.
To ensure that equity is prioritized, we've compiled a set of policy recommendations to urge leader to pursue policy solutions that embrace justice and racial equity principles.

The next generation of racial justice leaders

Leadership Academy

The Greenlining Leadership Academy trains and empowers the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to create positive social change. We offer three transformative programs designed for young leaders seeking to reach their full potential.


Nia Mitchell '19

"I had the opportunity to better understand how to use policy and navigate the overall landscape of the climate field."

GLI - Summit 2020 - Speaker - Website Circle

We the Future 2020

The Greenlining Institute's Virtual Economic Summit

As our nation faces a public health crisis beyond our comprehension and the subsequent economic fallout, the need to embrace and uplift racial equity could not be more important. Every year, The Greenlining Insitute’s Economic Summit brings together thought leaders at the forefront of the fight for justice and equity. Our 27th annual Economic Summit, We the Future, moved completely online, becoming our first-ever virtual Summit on race equity. While we missed meeting everyone in person, online attendance set a record of more than 1,600 participants from all over the U.S. for an exhilarating, energizing day of ideas and inspiration, punctuated by lively musical breaks provided by DJ Ome.