Building power with Community, Workers & People of Faith

aka EBASE   |   Oakland, CA   |


Mission The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) advances economic, racial, and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, labor, and people of faith to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color. For more information, please visit our website at:

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Executive Director

Ms. Kate O'Hara

Associate Director

Maria Elena Allain

Main address

360 14th Street, 4th Floor East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (J05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy

Faith Alliance for A Moral Economy (FAME) is a powerful, multi-ethnic coalition of 80 clergy and lay leaders who advance economic justice for immigrants and low-income workers. Our faith leaders represent congregations ranging in size from 30 to 5,000 congregants. ICWJ’s ministry takes several forms – advocacy for immigrant workers and their families, pastoral support to workers who face extreme hardship as they defend their rights, and education of current and future religious leaders in economic justice issues. ICWJ is a core program of EBASE.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

EBASE convenes Revive Oakland, a community-labor-faith coalition of 30 organizations and leaders working to achieve unprecedented jobs standards at the development. On June 19, 2012, EBASE won an enforceable community jobs agreement for the Oakland Army Base. The groundbreaking set of standards in the jobs agreement will ensure that low-income residents and formerly incarcerated people will have access to the 4,800 jobs that will be created on the City’s portion of the Base.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Civic engagement work is central to EBASE’s strategy of advancing economic justice for low-income workers and residents of color. EBASE is a core partner and co-founder of Oakland Rising, a multilingual, multiracial collaborative that mobilizes voters in predominately low-income, people of color, and immigrant communities. Oakland Rising is the Bay Area anchor of California Calls, a statewide network of groups and organizations committed to revitalizing California by reforming outdated tax laws and inequitable budget policies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Immigrant voices and experiences are an essential part of all of EBASE’s economic justice campaigns. We believe that people’s jobs, homes, and neighborhoods should be sanctuaries where everyone’s contributions are valued.

However, with Washington calling for walls, bans, and increased border patrols, it’s time to stand up to hate and ramp up our efforts like never before. EBASE will fight to keep immigrant families and communities together.

EBASE is DEFENDING immigrant communities to STOP our local government, law enforcement, and employers from collaborating with the federal deportation machine.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Migrant workers

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Goals & Strategy

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Goals for an Equitable East Bay
EBASE is moving a regional, multi-pronged approach to address income inequality and displacement. Our approach will be rooted in grassroots organizing, built through strong coalition partnerships, and push upwards to the state and the nation. Over the next five years we will:

Lift up an additional 20,000 jobs by improving the quality and stability of low-wage jobs, and opening the door to middle-class jobs for those who are often locked out. EBASE will also sustain the wins of the 80,000 jobs and workers supported in campaigns over the past 17 years, for a total of 100,000 jobs improved in EBASE's lifespan.

Influence the development investment of $5 billion to create healthy, thriving neighborhoods that stems displacement; stabilizes communities; reduces climate impacts; and generates good jobs, affordable housing, and a healthy environment.

Increase the power, voice, and influence of 100 directly affected low-wage workers and people of color through grassroots, cross-sector leadership development.

Expand and engage our base of East Bay voters, people of faith, volunteers, and allies that have influence at the ballot box and in our halls of government.

Develop 20 new strong organizational partnerships to strengthen coalitions that are rooted in suburban communities. These partnerships and coalitions will continue to build a powerful and unified East Bay economic and racial justice movement.

Our Core Strategies

Coalition Building: Aligning partners is at the core of EBASE. The problems we are tackling cannot be addressed alone, but require big picture thinking and broad coalition action. Through attentive relationship building, effective facilitation, and visionary thinking, we create transformative coalitions toward building a powerful movement for change.

Worker Organizing & leadership Development: We prioritize efforts that organize low-wage workers who are predominantly from communities of color and often immigrants. EBASE knits together campaigns across the East Bay that advance the leadership of grassroots leaders across neighborhoods, industries, and demographics.

Faith-Rooted Organizing: Through the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, we build the commitment of faith-rooted communities and leaders to stand with low-wage workers, communities of color, and immigrants in pursuit of justice. We tap into the power of faith to ignite action, provide public witness, and inspire a holistic and far-reaching vision of a moral economy.

Civic Engagement: As a founding partner of Oakland Rising, EBASE utilizes voter outreach to buoy local issue campaigns. With our region-wide partners in Bay Area Rising, we will explore ways to engage the East Bay's low-income communities of color voters, especially in Oakland and Contra Costa County, to ensure policies and elected decision makers meet the needs of local communities.

Strategic Communications: Through the media, we shine a light on problems and lift up solutions to shift the public debate on economic justice. We coach grassroots leaders to stand at the forefront, create narratives with broad public appeal, and capitalize on big stories to bring our issues into the state and national spotlight.

Research & Policy Innovation: For years, allies and decision makers have looked to EBASE for reliable analysis on the economy as well as innovative policy solutions. We will continue to analyze the economy, the workforce, and our communities to better understand the problems, and to design solutions to address the most challenging issues facing the East Bay region today.

Taking a Holistic Approach to Economic Justice
EBASE embraces a “whole-worker" approach to holistically engage low-income workers, people of color, and immigrants to achieve economic justice. Low-wage workers are neighbors, friends, voters, congregants, faith leaders, parents, partners, activists, and volunteers. They face not only dwindling paychecks, but skyrocketing rents and unjust evictions; intimidation because of immigration status; brutality at the hands of law enforcement and systemic racism; lack of access to influencing our democracy; poor health, dirty air, and a toxic environment.
Rooted in economic justice, EBASE will develop transformative campaigns at the intersections of economic, social, and racial justice.

Our Past 5 Years: Taking Our Wins to Scale

EBASE has honed our model to wage comprehensive campaigns that win good jobs and create healthy neighborhoods. Over the last five years we have:

Raised the Floor on low-Wage Work
We have raised the minimum wage and won paid sick days for 60,000 working people in the East Bay. This includes winning Oakland's minimum wage and paid sick day law with 82% of the vote, and raising Emeryville's minimum wage to $16 an hour – the highest in the nation. Just two years ago, $15 an hour was unthinkable, but today it's unstoppable with our grassroots wins bubbling up to a $15 minimum wage for 6.5 million workers across California.

Opened the Door to Middle-Class Careers
We have influenced more than $2.5 billion in public and private development to create pathways into good paying construction jobs. This includes our internationally recognized landmark agreement at the massive Oakland Army Base project, and the creation of the West Oakland Job Resource Center, which provides education and placement into apprenticeships and jobs for local residents who are primarily Black.

Built Our Movement
We have partnered with more than 110 organizationsin powerful, lasting coalitions to pass policies, engage voters, and transform industries. With our allies, we have supported the growth of nearly 100 grassroots leaders to confidently speak out in public; organize their neighbors and co-workers; and shape campaign strategies.

Turned Advocacy into Governance
We have passed 11 policies throughout the region and built support among key public officials for a vision of equity in our communities. But we know the work doesn't stop here. Now in the implementation phase, we move into governance, appointing leaders on oversight bodies and partnering with government staff to make these policies real.

Strategic Communities
Over the next five years, we will focus on 1-3 cities that have regional and statewide significance and that are woven together through our common East Bay vision.

The Urban Centers of Oakland and Emeryville
EBASE has invested deeply in these cities to create nationally precedent-setting policies. As new development comes in, and low-income communities of color are pushed out, we must continue to lift up low-wage workers and pass innovative policies that create good jobs, stabilize communities, and serve as models for other cities. We will also continue to align social movements in Oakland to address displacement holistically through good jobs, tenant rights, and affordable housing. Together we will strengthen governing coalitions that not only advocate for but also implement and enforce inclusive policies.

Concord and Contra Costa County
Low-wage jobs in retail, fast food, and personal services are growing in Concord, home to a large and growing Latino immigrant community. The Concord Naval Weapon Station offers a large-scale opportunity for equitable development. Concord also serves as the economic and political center of Contra Costa County, where a growing coalition of organized workers, residents, faith leaders, and voters is building power. Already in Contra Costa, EBASE and Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)'s coalition work led to successfully blocking the County's expansion of a detention center and raising El Cerrito's minimum wage. We will continue to amplify worker organizing, faith–rooted leadership, and civic engagement to lift low-wage workers and protect renters in Concord and nearby areas.

San leandro and Hayward in Southern Alameda County
On a longer-term horizon, we will expand upon our work in San Leandro and Hayward in Southern Alameda County. EBASE has helped shift the economy in San Leandro, including passing a living-wage law in 2007; supporting recycling workers to win good green jobs and promote environmental sustainability; and more recently pursuing a local minimum wage increase. Southern Alameda County has a concentration of industrial, manufacturing, and tech sectors, and could build off of key wins for good jobs in both Oakland and the South Bay.



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Board of directors
as of 06/17/2021
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Board chair

Danielle Mahones

Bay Area Black Worker Center

Term: 2006 -

Ty Hudson

UNITE HERE Local 2850

Larissa Casillas

Urban Habitat

Andreas Cluver

Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO

Sanjay Garla

SEIU United Service Workers West

Kurt Kuhlwald

Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy

Shandya Jha

Oakland Peace Center

Annette Barnhardt

Labor Center, University of California, Berkeley

Josie Camacho

Alameda County Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Brandon Sturdivant

National People's Action

Yvonne Williams

Amalgamated Transitworkers Union, Local 192

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No