Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

aka SCOPE   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.scopela.org

Mission

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, immigrant, woman, femme, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles. To do this, SCOPE organizes communities, develops leaders, collaborates through strategic alliances, builds capacity through training programs, and educates South L.A.’s residents to have an active role in shaping policies that affect the quality of life in our region. Justice, respect, responsibility, integrity, and voice: These are our core values.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Gloria Medina

Main address

1715 W Florence Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90047 USA

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Formerly known as

AGENDA

EIN

95-4635737

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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SCOPE-Wide Programs

1) LOCAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZING (7 staff) Grassroots organizing is the core of who we are and what we do. Low income and communities of color must be actors in the struggle to win systemic change. AGENDA in South Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Alliance in the Silver Lake, Hollywood and Echo Park communities (SHEPMA), are SCOPE?s organizing vehicles through which members and member-leaders are consistently engaged in shaping and driving our local and regional campaigns. 2) RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (1 staff) Steady research and analysis of the dynamic landscape within which we operate and attempt to effect change is critical to targeting and maximizing our resources. SCOPE?s Research Department delivers cutting edge information in support of our policy campaigns, and incorporates analyses and findings into our popular education and organizing strategies. 3) TRAINING AND POLICY EDUCATION (1 staff) Training and Policy Education (TPE) reflects a major aspect of our contribution to movement building as we increase the capacities of other organizations and alliances working with poor and disadvantaged communities. The TPE training curriculum is based on SCOPE?s 14-year history and experience in community organizing, leadership development, electoral and policy campaigns, and capacity building. Our curricula includes: Power Analysis, Basic and Advanced Community Organizing, Civic Participation Strategies and Programs, Coalition and Alliance-Building, Public Policy Advocacy Campaigns, GIS Mapping and Strategic Planning. SCOPE?s training services and products earn income to financially support the organization and diversify our funding base. 4) STATE AND NATIONAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVES (5 staff) Structural barriers to SCOPE?s mission and goals extend beyond our immediate context to policy and decision making at state and national scales. California?s eroding tax base and federal policies that emphasize military over domestic spending, for example, aggravate conditions in communities already plagued by cruel poverty and disinvestment. To challenge these trends, SCOPE has incubated, provided fiscal sponsorship for, and led the formation of the California State Alliance and the Pushback Network ? state and federal strategies, respectively, designed to win progressive public policy and increase participatory democracy by those pushed to the political margins. SCOPE?s best practices and methodologies, particularly in the areas of civic and voter engagement, serve as models for these movements. SCOPE engages in strategic planning and institutional building for both entities and provides training and capacity building assistance to the Alliance?s and Network?s member organizations.

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Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Isela Gracian

Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 2


Board co-chair

Vincent Jones

Citizen Jones

Benjamin Torres

CD Tech

Isela Gracian

Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 2

Vincent Jones

Citizen Jones

Genelle Brooks-Petty

BPC Interior Design

Konstanin Hatcher

California YIMBY

Janae Oliver

Kaiser Permanente

Estee Sepulveda

Southern California Association of Governments

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes