Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Public Advocates Inc.

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.publicadvocates.org

Mission Statement

Public Advocates Inc. is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories to advance education, housing and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation.

Main Programs

  1. Public Advocates Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our focus is primarily California, although our federal policy work gives us national reach.

ruling year

1971

President & CEO since 2013

Self-reported

Guillermo Mayer

Keywords

Self-reported

social justice, legal, public policy, poverty, racial discrimination, affordable housing, transit, transportation, education, public education, school finance reform, teacher quality, climate justice

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EIN

23-7103042

 Number

6866119953

Physical Address

131 Steuart Street Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94105 1241

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We believe that by engaging in strategic partnerships, policy and media advocacy and litigation, we will increase the capacity of grassroots organizations to shape public policy and discourse, and that we can also positively influence public opinion, the media, policy makers and courts to hold business and government accountable. We do this to promote the expansion of civil rights and resource equity and create a mobilized community base to ensure that all Californians have the fundamental rights and equitable allocation of resources they need to build vibrant communities. We choose to address areas such as education, housing, transportation and health that are fundamental to enabling individuals and communities to fulfill their potential, and we choose to challenge systemic problems in ways that will achieve maximum impact.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Public Advocates Programs

Public Advocates works with our partners and allies to promote equity and systemic change for the benefit of those who need it most. We are currently focused in four main areas: housing, transit, climate and education equity.

HOUSING PROGRAM GOAL: Achieve equitable and sustainable development and growth that protects low-income communities and communities of color from displacement, while dismantling barriers to housing near opportunities (quality jobs, education and services) in affluent communities.

TRANSIT PROGRAM GOAL: Achieve equitable funding in partnership with low-income communities and communities of color in California, so these communities have access to affordable and reliable transit services.

CLIMATE PROGRAM GOAL: Ensure low-income communities of color benefit from climate change reforms. Climate justice unites environmental goals, such as decreasing carbon emissions and creating sustainable communities, with social goals, such as stopping racial discrimination.

EDUCATION PROGRAM GOAL: Create equitable educational opportunities to learn for all California public school children, focusing on areas including school finance reform, teacher quality, implementation of the Williams v. California settlement, school and student data, and the California State High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2,300,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our focus is primarily California, although our federal policy work gives us national reach.

Additional Documents

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Public Advocates is a powerfully effective advocacy organization with a high-quality but lean staff. Most of our foundation funding supports our program work, but a significant part of our annual budget goes toward supporting the people and the organizational infrastructure that support our programs - better known as our "indirect" expenses. Public Advocates is always grateful to receive unrestricted gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, as these gifts provide the greatest flexibility to the organization and allow us to determine the highest-leverage use of those funds.

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Financials

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Public Advocates Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Public Advocates Inc.

Leadership

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President & CEO

Guillermo Mayer

BIO

Guillermo Mayer became President & CEO of Public Advocates Inc. in November 2013 after serving for more than 9 years on the organization's legal team. There, he specialized in litigation and advocacy to improve public transportation services in low-income communities and communities of color.

An expert in transportation equity matters, Guillermo played leading roles in state and national policy campaigns to enforce civil rights in transportation decision-making, improve equitable outcomes in regional transportation planning, and secure greater funding for local bus service for transit dependent populations. In 2009, he co-led a groundbreaking civil rights administrative challenge against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for its failure to evaluate the impact of the Oakland Airport Connector on low-income and minority communities in East Oakland. The victory resulted in $70 million for transit service throughout the Bay Area and catalyzed national Title VI reform in the public transportation industry.

The grandson of a bracero who worked on California's railroads in the 1940s, Guillermo immigrated to the United States from Mexico with his parents and older brother when he was 10 years old. His experience growing up on both sides of the Tijuana/San Diego border propelled him into political activism at an early age, organizing against propositions 187 and 209.

Before joining Public Advocates, Guillermo worked in the California Senate as legislative director for former State Senator Tom Hayden and as a legislative aide for former State Senator Hilda Solis. There, he worked on an array of legislative matters, including higher education, immigrant rights, health care and gang violence prevention.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joan Harrington

Santa Clara University School of Law

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Public Advocates' Diversity Vision Public Advocates reflects the rich diversity of California and is committed to creating a work environment and society free of all forms of oppression. We respect each person in the organization as unique and empower each other to contribute and lead. Our workplace honors our individual and collective identities and fosters the ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and engage in courageous conversation about power, privilege and identity. Our cultural competence enables us to form long-term and honest relationships with our community allies, working as partners to achieve shared public policy and community empowerment goals.