In partnership with the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development and Housing and Supervisor John Avalos, the Community Action Grants (CAG) was an innovative and thoughtful approach to localized and resident led community development. By allowing neighborhood groups to manage the allocation of grant funding, projects better reflected the resident’s priorities, encouraged stewardship and collaboration, and ensured that the monies benefited the community it was intended to support. As part of the original team, I helped to develop, implement, and assess the grant cycles over the course of three years, with all three CAG process, application, and results being completely unique, based on the needs and priorities of the neighborhood group. I also managed the ongoing support, including budgets, reporting, and technical assistance of the three CAG’s for over three years, which ultimately served three San Francisco neighborhoods (OMI, Excelsior, and SOMA) and annually distributed more than $175,000.
For my work with the neighborhood groups, I received a certificate of honor from the SF Board of Supervisors. In addition, the OMI Community Collaborative, of which I was a founding member, received a community partner award from San Francisco State University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in recognition of our community development work.