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Local Learning: Pathways to Housing Justice - Charting the Course for Effective Housing Policy

Bay Area - Hybrid | Wednesday, June 1, 2023 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT
In-Person Location | 160 Spear St., Ste 360, San Francisco, CA

Host: Northern California Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers | Together for Good

Co-Sponsor: San Francisco Foundation, Funders Together to End Homelessness


Introduction to Pathways to Housing Justice

Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to co-sponsor Northern California GrantmakersPathways to Housing Justice, 3-part series on Intersectional Solutions. We all deserve a decent place to live. It’s a matter of basic justice and a measure of who we are as a community. 

Having a stable, affordable home impacts our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities. Our whole community does better when everyone has good, safe housing.

Housing justice is also racial justice. Generations of exclusionary policies and institutional racism have created an unjust housing system that falls hardest on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Addressing the Bay Area’s housing crisis means taking on the underlying inequities baked into how housing is developed and delivered.

There is a path forward, and it’s not one size fits all. No one sector, city, or county can tackle it alone. We can be proud of the progress we have made over the past few years, building broad coalitions that can secure legislative victories, invest in affordable housing, and support advocacy and power-building work.

Together, we can develop an intersectional approach and thrive in our collaboration for effective solutions. It’s up to all of us to fight for housing justice, and philanthropy has an important role to play as we build a Bay Area that moves all of us forward. 

Charting the Course to Effective Housing Policy

The complicated housing crisis that we’re facing in the Bay Area, and across California, was created by generations of exclusionary policies, institutional racism, divestment and neglect. This is a racial justice issue. Our path forward means being honest about how we got here, and committing ourselves to dismantling these inequities and unjust policies. In the past few years, California’s housing policy accomplishments have  laid the groundwork for success. We need to build on this success, center the people who have been most impacted, and come together to forge new roadmaps of inclusion and self-determination.

Join the Northern California Grantmakers as they discuss the housing justice policy opportunities ahead for California, the need for broad coalitions that center community in defining and creating solutions, and what’s needed to build movements that will secure legislative victories and the ongoing public funding necessary to advance housing justice.

This is the second part of a three part series on housing justice. You can find information and register for the third part of the series on NCG's website.

Learning Objectives

By joining this webinar, you will learn about:

  • How housing intersects with other critical social issues like health, economic opportunity, and education;
  • Regional and statewide housing justice policy opportunities; and
  • How to get involved in housing advocacy and power-building opportunities.


  • Jennifer Martinez Ph.D., Policy Director, Housing Affordability, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    Dr. Jennifer Martinez is the Policy Director for Housing Affordability at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). Prior to joining CZI, Jennifer was a community organizer for 17 years and worked on campaigns for housing justice, immigrant rights, restorative justice, and quality education. From 2017 to 2021, Jennifer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for PICO California, the largest faith-based community organizing network in California, where she helped lead several statewide and regional campaigns for affordable housing, tenant rights, and tax reform.

  • Chione Lucina Muñoz Flegal, Executive Director, Housing California
    Chione Lucina Muñoz Flegal is the Executive Director of Housing California. With deep expertise on issues of infrastructure, land use, housing, and environmental policy, she works to promote social, economic, and environmental equity through policy change. Chione has over 20 years of experience building coalitions and leading policy campaigns to improve outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color in California. Prior to joining Housing California, Chione was a managing director at PolicyLink, where she led a portfolio of initiatives focused on water, climate, housing, transportation, and equitable fiscal policy in California and beyond. Her work has strengthened California’s housing and equity movements, has contributed to significant statewide policy wins, and has resulted in new and expanded public investments in housing and infrastructure.

  • Christine Tien, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
    Christine Tien is Senior Program Manager with The California Endowment (TCE) and is part of the Northern California and statewide Inclusive Community Development teams. From 2009 through 2020, Christine oversaw TCE’s Sacramento Building Healthy Communities plan. Prior to TCE, Christine worked in local government for 11 years including as Deputy City Manager for Stockton and Union City. Christine also previously worked for the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine on a national project ensuring that the assets from the conversion of nonprofit health care institutions into for-profit companies were maintained for charitable purposes. 

  • Margaretta Wan-Ling, Executive Director, Just Cities Institute
    Margaretta is the granddaughter of Taiwanese independence revolutionaries and daughter of immigrants seeking political freedom. Her mentors, Ron Dellums, June Jordan, Yie-Chen and Shu-Ren Lin, and Thich Nhat Hanh taught her love- based justice. A survivor of racial exclusion and hate crimes, today Margaretta combines her experiences as a leader in government, organizing, movement lawyering, and social enterprises into a force for justice and hope. She has been the architect of innovative racial inclusion and justice policies and plans in California cities.

How to Register

Please RSVP for this event by using the registration button below. This event will last 2 hours. Registration is through Northern California Grantmakers and will by a hybrid event held in-person (NCG, 160 Spear St., Ste 360, San Francisco, CA) and over Zoom.

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

June 01, 2023 at 10:00am - 12pm
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2023-05-15 11:12:52 -0400

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