Mayor Schaaf will Help Launch Greenlining 360 Center, a Center for Collaboration and Revitalization

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – On February 10 The Greenlining Institute will host a grand opening event at its newly renovated building in downtown Oakland.  Formerly a dilapidated bank office, Greenlining set out to reclaim and revitalize the structure as a flourishing, energy-efficient nonprofit center built with local, minority-owned businesses. In addition to providing space to several other nonprofits at affordable, below-market rents, Greenlining designed the building to include community spaces for meetings and to showcase the work of diverse local artists.

At a lunch program, Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar will lay out the organization’s vision for the center, joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and numerous others who made the project possible. After that, a gallery walk will allow guests to see key portions of the building and view works by local artists. The day will conclude with a Happy Hour featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

As space is limited, media wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible to

WHAT: Greenlining 360 Center grand opening

WHO: Confirmed speakers include:

  • Orson Aguilar, President, The Greenlining Institute
  • Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland
  • Lynette McElhaney, Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 3
  • Nancy Skinner, California State Senate, District 9
  • Joshua Simon, Executive Director, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
  • Kat Taylor, Co-Founder & Co-CEO Beneficial State Bank
  • Tim Silva, Vice President, Community Development Manager, Wells Fargo

WHERE: The Greenlining 360 Center, 360 14th St., Oakland

WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017. Lunch program and speakers, noon–1:30 p.m.; gallery walk, 1:30-5:00 p.m.; happy hour 5:30-7:30 p.m.

NOTE: Local artists whose work will be showcased include Alan JohnsonAlfred TwuAmana JohnsonCece Carpio, Favianna RodriguezJoyce Gordon GalleryMelanie Cervantes, Pablo Soto CampoamorPancho Peskador, and Robert Liu Trujillo. Media wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible to