Three people posing in front of Rise Economy backdrop on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

California Reinvestment Coalition Announces Rebrand as Rise Economy

Media Contact Brian Maxey,, 510-813-7552 The statewide economic, housing and racial justice nonprofit unveils new visual identity as part of strategic alignment.     LOS ANGELES,  June 12, 2023 — Fit to meet the moment with its bold, modern and innovative new identity, the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) today…

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Researchers, climate advocates inform discuss local climate organizing and banking climate accountability

A discussion hosted by CRC touched on how each sector of climate resiliency—policy, research and local organizing— can work together to liberate disadvantaged communities from the inequitable effects of climate change.   CRC on Thursday hosted a virtual panel discussion that brought climate justice advocates together to discuss the…

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An image of Clarence Williams.

Longtime CRC Board Member Clarence Williams Dies

Clarence Williams, a highly-regarded thought leader in the field of economic development and community development finance in Northern California, passed away on Monday, May, 8. He was 75. Clarence was one of CRC’s longest-tenured board members prior to his retirement in January after serving more than 30 years. “Clarence’s…

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Photos: 2023 Northern California Equitable Futures Awards

CRC on Thursday, April 27 hosted nearly 150 people for its Northern California Equitable Futures Awards at Oeste Bar in Oakland. The second-annual event recognizes community heroes, resiliency builders, and difference-makers who have impacted the lives of people in Northern California. This year’s honorees included CEO of Visionary Home…

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From left to right: Rohit Chopra, Eleanor Blume, Paulina Gonzalez-Brito and Carol J. Ornelas.

CRC celebrates difference-makers, star advocates in Northern California

The California Reinvestment Coalition’s 2023 Equitable Futures Awards two-event series started off with a bang Thursday, April 27 in Oakland.  Nearly 150 CRC members, allies, banking industry representatives and elected officials gathered under an eastbay sunset and string lights to celebrate two incredible advocates and one outstanding people-first organization…

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Jyotswaroop K. Bawa speaking.

LLC Owner Transparency bill clears Senate policy committees

After making it through two legislative committees, SB 594 heads to the Senate Appropriations for crucial vote.  Californian tenants and workers are another step closer to critical protections from abuses by large corporations that hide behind the current limited liability company (LLC) structure after lawmakers voted to pass SB…

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Meet The 2023 Northern California Equitable Futures Awards Honorees

CRC has recognized community leaders and organizations across California that have made a positive impact in their local communities with service awards for more than two decades. This year, we will recognize three stellar leaders—an advocate for quality affordable housing in the Central Valley, the director of the Consumer…

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CRC Members share concerns and discuss next steps after Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank closures

CRC on Friday convened a virtual town hall meeting to address some of the most pressing questions and discuss how the current economic landscape affects its members’ programs and advocacy projects in the wake of the collapses of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank. Last weekend, federal regulators…

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On Repeat: What we’re listening to this Women’s History Month

This Women’s History Month, we’re reflecting on the likes of Dolores Huerta and Angela Davis whose invaluable contributions to organizing improved the lives of working-class People of Color. We’re remembering Sasheen Littlefeather, Shirley Chisholm and Marsha P. Johnson, who were unwavering in the face of discrimination and white supremacy….

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CRC Elects New Board Chair, Welcomes 2 New Members

The California Reinvestment Coalition is pleased to announce that Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director of the Housing Rights Center, has been elected chair of its Board of Directors. Her three-year term began on Jan. 25.  Al-Mansour has served on the board as a trustee for more than two decades. She…

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CRC Staff Suggest Essential Reading for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we asked CRC Staff to share recommendations for books written by Black authors that have inspired, motivated and moved them to become better allies and advocates for equity. Whether it’s a children’s book, a novel or a memoir, each of these books is…

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CRC Staff Reflect on 2022

It was another busy year for CRC. In 2022, CRC and its allies negotiated more than $80 billion in Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) for California, passed AB 1837, the Homes in Community Hands Act, equipped dozens of mid- and senior-level employees with racial and economic justice advocacy skills, and…

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