Expanding opportunity is the defining challenge of our time. In the Bay Area, far too many of our families are being left behind, struggling to make ends meet, spending two-thirds of their income on housing and transportation alone. As a region, we are experiencing some of the largest disparities in wealth and income in the nation.
Our region is also the second most diverse in the country, and a microcosm of the nation’s future. Communities of color are already the majority. Our diverse, growing population is a major asset that can only be fully realized when all communities have the resources and opportunities they need to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.
The Bay Area Equity Profile, produced by PolicyLink and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, adds to the growing body of research that finds that greater economic and racial inclusion fosters stronger economic growth. When we are talking about innovation, when we are talking about making the economy work for families and children, we are talking about geography, race, and class.
We must take bold steps to build pathways of opportunity for communities of color and those at the lowest rungs of the economic ladder in partnership with the public and private sectors.
Our call to action is clear. When we innovate and create new models for economic growth here in the Bay Area, we are making change that will become a model for our nation. This work will take patience. It will take partnership. It will take fortitude. Now is the time to take action to achieve new models for economic growth.
Learn more about our work to make the Bay Area equitable for all:
- Investing in Our Economic Future
- My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Summit
- Bay Area Finally Ready to Tackle Income Inequality
- Windows of Opportunity are the Defining Issue of Our Time