Weekly Communication May 30, 2019

Hi all,

Welcome to the fourth installment of our ULF communication. This week, we’re excited to share more about the policy projects and highlight the work of a partner organization. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. If you haven't yet secured housing for the summer, please do so ASAP (and feel free to use the housing exchange).

Content: Policy Projects

With the summer rapidly approaching, we’re excited to update you on the status of the 2019 policy projects. We met with David Silver, Kyra Mungia, and Maggie Croushore and we’ve identified the 4-5 policy projects you’ll work on this summer.

  • Oakland Promise

  • Educator Housing

  • Teacher Recruitment & Retention

  • Making Oakland an Educator Friendly City

  • Improving Charter and District Relationships

In the next few weeks, we’ll share more details about these projects, answer questions, and then have a process for determining the policy teams and which projects you will work on.

Culture: Highlighting a Partner Organization

As we get closer to the summer, we hope you’re getting excited for the incredible work you’ll be doing with David, Kyra, Maggie, and the rest of Mayor Schaaf’s team. Equally as important to your policy work is the opportunity to spend half of your time working alongside a local organization that is doing impactful work in our community. You’ll get the chance to learn about and hear from many of our partner organizations, but today, I want to highlight one entity we’re thrilled to be working with:

Akonadi Foundation


Akonadi Foundation’s mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society.


To transform the climate in Oakland to one of compassion, respect, and dignity for youth and young people of color. Using an ecosystem grantmaking lens, Akonadi supports and nurtures grassroots organizing, culture shift, and policy changes that build Oakland’s racial justice movement.

Since its founding in 2000, the Foundation has given over 1,600 grants totaling $35 million to nonprofit organizations, primarily in the Bay Area but also across the country. We envision a world where youth and young adults of color are:

  • treated with compassion, dignity, and respect in schools and in community life;

  • valued as community members and assets to the city; and

  • assured of the support and opportunities they need to heal from harm, to become leaders, and to learn and grow.

Project with ULF

The ULF fellow working with Akonadi will conduct an impact analysis of Akonadi’s 2019 Racial Justice Projects, co-create communication tools for a new funding direction, and research a potential advocacy arm of Akonadi.


Communicating with Partner Orgs:

If you haven’t already heard from potential partner organizations about interviewing, expect to hear from them soon!

While we know you’re all professionals, we want to highlight a few reminders:

  1. Please be hyper responsive. The partner organizations are the hiring managers (and contribute to your stipend) so please be sure to respond to requests for interviews in a timely fashion (within 24 hours).

  2. Accept all interviews. Even if you aren’t sure about the fit – or have another interview – we encourage you to accept all interviews to learn about the organization.

  3. As a reminder, when we notify you that you've been matched with an organization, if you decide to decline this match, we will still work with you to be placed, but we cannot guarantee you a position with a paid stipend. Therefore, we encourage you to be in touch with us if you have any concerns about your match.

  4. Over Communicate. When in doubt, let us know! We’ll be in touch with you in the next few weeks to share which organizations you’d prefer to work with.

Also, be sure to check out our website (password: oakland) as we’ve made some updates!


Rachel and Mary