Building Power

for Equity


September  17, 2020

Pleasant Hill Community Center Pleasant Hill, California 













Building Power for Equity

To connect the power of public health and community to advance health equity and economic opportunity.


The Opportunity Summit has become the Bay Area's largest and most powerful cross-sector convening on ending poverty.  This year will focus on building power for equity, health and economic opportunity through cross-sector collaboration.


Agenda At A Glance

9:30 – 11:00 am Welcome and Keynote: We will open the day with a celebration of the BARHII/Rise Together merger with remarks from leaders Melissa Jones and Megan Joseph.   

We are pleased to have Jennifer Martinez, Chief Strategy Officer with PICO California as our keynote.  Jennifer will speak about the recent win to pass the historic anti-rent gouging law and what that means to intersecting movements and the Bay Area as a region.   


11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch 

12:00 – 1:00 pm Breakout Session I 

Housing: Fair Chance Housing – Building Access to Assets  
This panel is designed to share the lived experience of those facing housing challenges. 


Health and Wealth: Fees and Fines Reform – Pushing Back on Barriers to Justice and Opportunity 
This discussion will share perspectives on the impact of fees and fines on marginalized communities along with strategies for fighting back on inequitable fees and fines. 


Cradle to Career: Black Infant Health Initiative: Equity in Birth Experience 
This session will highlight Black and Pacific Islander birth experiences in the region, and the work that BARHII has been involved in to reduce the inequities that these two communities face. The panel will also shed light on Governor Newsom’s recent budget proposal for a new Early Childhood Department and what it will mean for reducing birth inequities in the State.   

1:10 – 2:10 pm Breakout Session II 

Housing: The 5 Ps of Healthy, Stable Housing: Opportunities for 2020   
The housing crunch continues to squeeze residents in cities across the Bay Area, making it difficult to afford basic necessities, fueling massive displacement, and forcing many of our families and neighbors into homelessness or unhealthy housing. At the same time, there has been increasingly powerful organizing and concrete wins to improve housing stability across the state. Come learn about the opportunities to advance the 5 Ps of healthy housing.    


Health and Wealth: Asset Building and Debt 
This session will explore the relationship between building wealth in communities, and their collective health. It will look at the role of the private sector in asset-building for Bay Area communities; how Anchor Institutions build wealth and health in their communities; in addition to how to leverage state and regional policies to aid in debt management (student, medical, etc.).  


Cradle to Career: Upstream Investment Toolkit 
This session will showcase the power of Upstream Investments in preventing adverse health outcomes from birth to adulthood—why funders should pay attention to this strategy; how the Two-Generation Approach offers solutions for entire families; and the long-term positive impacts of these investments on Bay Area communities. 


2:20 – 3:20 pm Breakout Session III 

Housing: Making the Right to Stay Real - Implementing California’s New Rent Cap, Local Organizing and What’s Next for the Tenant Movement   
For tenants across the state, January 2020 brought significant new rights to stay in their homes as AB 1482, California’s rent cap bill went into effect. Come learn about what local communities are doing to address the root causes of racial inequities in homelessness and pass local protections, as well as bold proposals in Sacramento to keep renters in their homes, from much needed protections to mobile home residents to efforts to reform the law (Costa-Hawkins) that limits the protections that cities can pass for their residents. 


Health and Wealth: Building a Healthy and Just Resilience and Recovery Movement in the Bay Area  
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing the Bay Area, increasing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, extreme heat events, rising seas, prolonged droughts, and more. We'll explore some of the issues that need to be addressed so that low-income communities of color aren't put in harm's way during and after climate-driven disasters.  


Cradle to Career: Pathways to Living Wage Employment 
For people struggling to access living wage employment, traditional models may not be accessible or sustainable. This session will explore different models of employment and wealth building for people with conviction histories and other marginalized communities. 


3:30 – 4:30 pm Closing Session 
Funder Role in Building Power 
The closing session will be a dialogue between funders and community organizations to discuss how the work of addressing equity and building community power can get adequately funded and how philanthropy can effectively partner with community Groups 


4:30 – 6:00 pm Funder -Only Debrief Session Sponsored by Asset Funders Network

Join us for this funder only session where you will have a chance to debrief about the conference with other funders, pose questions to your colleagues, and share potential opportunities for collaboration and alignment around grant making strategies.  


4:30 – 6:30 pm LEO Alumni Reception & Networking

This is a special catered reception just after the Opportunity Summit especially for LEO alumni from across the Bay Area to connect with each other.  During this hour, we will have the opportunity to: 

  • Meet others who are using the LEO tools to drive equity in their initiatives

  • Learn about each other's projects and connect with people working in similar issue areas

  • Generate new relationships, collaborations and opportunities


Please join us for this special event!