Now more than ever, leaders across California and the nation are looking toward the Bay Area for innovative solutions that will lead our communities toward a more inclusive future. At the same time, the region is at a crossroads. Our economy is one of the strongest on the planet, yet inequality is skyrocketing, and we face a housing and displacement crisis that has hit low-income and communities of color particularly hard, which has had a ripple effect throughout the region.
Partnership for the Bay’s Future is a collaborative regional effort to address these pressing challenges and is one of the most ambitious investment and policy initiatives in the nation. Through two separate funds, the Partnership focuses on both policy, such as tenants’ rights, and investments in housing development, to tackle these issues holistically and at an unprecedented scale. The San Francisco Foundation will select up to 10 jurisdictions that propose the most high-impact, yet achievable plans to receive Challenge Grant support. Challenge Grant jurisdictions will be matched with a mid-career fellow to increase the city’s capacity to pass meaningful protection and preservation legislation.
This fellowship creates an opportunity for ambitious leaders to work with the nation’s most forward-thinking housing and economic leaders to advance the next generation of housing policy in one of the most influential regions in the world. Fellows will be responsible for championing the development, adoption, and implementation of innovative and high‐impact policies in collaborative partnership with community and staff from departments across the jurisdiction. Apply your skills to build an equitable Bay Area where everyone can be housed.
In partnership with the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink—a research and action institute that advances racial and economic equity—will manage the fellowship program. This includes recruiting, hiring, and managing the Challenge Grant fellows, while supporting them with technical assistance necessary to advance the work in their assigned jurisdictions. PolicyLink will also convene the Challenge Grant fellows cohort regularly to foster the exchange of ideas, in addition to convening the fellows’ jurisdiction and community partner teams.
Specifically, PolicyLink will support fellows with:
Start: February 2020
Salary: $110,000 a year, with comprehensive benefits package.