Who We Are

We Organize for the Common Good

Broad-based:The Bay Area IAF is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s oldest and largest leadership development and organizing network. The IAF bases its work on the idea that a healthy democracy requires the active participation of ordinary people. The Bay Area IAF is a broad-based network of local institutions—faith-based, non-profit, educational, labor, and civic organizations—that come together to develop leaders, identify shared issues affecting our communities, and take action around these issues. Member institutions pay dues to ensure that Bay Area IAF has a secure and independent core budget, and is primarily accountable to its own constituents.

Non-partisan and multi-issue:The Bay Area IAF is strictly non-partisan and is multi-issue. Our member institutions work together to develop our local agendas by engaging constituents, both within and across our institutions, in conversations about the issues affecting their families, neighborhoods and communities. By joining with other institutions that have similar goals and concerns, Bay Area IAF members increase their collective power and work to achieve victories on local and regional issues.

The Bay Area IAF includes the Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), Common Ground in Solano and Napa Counties, and the Broad-Based Sponsoring Committee in the Silicon Valley.


Liz Hall
Lead Organizer
(415) 563-0262
Lizzy Gore
(415) 563-0262


Marin County

The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), founded in 2009, currently consists of the following member institutions:


  • Community Congregational Church of Tiburon
  • Dominican Sisters
  • Fairfax Community Church
  • First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
  • First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo
  • First United Methodist Church of San Rafael
  • St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, San Rafael
  • Gan Halev
  • Congregation Kol Shofar
  • Congregation Rodef Sholom
  • Legal Aid of Marin
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Marin Community Clinics
  • Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative
  • Marin Lutheran Church
  • Marin Interfaith Council
  • Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
  • Seniors for Peace + Community Church of Mill Valley
  • St. Anselm Catholic Church, Ross
  • St. John's Episcopal Church, Ross
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

We are currently working on multiple issues, including protections for renters in Marin, affordable housing, quality of life for older adults, and mental healthcare in schools. Past issues have included access to health care, housing-focused shelter and neighborhood safety. For more information, please contact bayareaiaf@gmail.com


Solano and Napa Counties

Common Ground, founded in 2013, currently consists of the following member institutions:


  • First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Vallejo
  • Vallejo Education Association
  • St. Basil the Great Catholic Church, Vallejo
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Vallejo
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Vallejo
  • Congregation B’nai Israel, Vallejo
  • St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, Vallejo
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fairfield
  • Napa Valley Lutheran Church
  • Napa Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

We are currently working on issues related to neighborhood and school safety, and immigration. For more information, please contact svoc.iaf@gmail.com or visit our website at www.commongroundiaf.org.


Silicon Valley - Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

In San Mateo and and Santa Clara counties, a diverse group of civic, religious, and labor leaders, together with our institutions, have launched an organizing effort with the goal of building a lively and sustainable broad-based organization engaged in meaningful action around issues that matter to our families and communities. Visit our website to learn more: www.siliconvalleyiaf.org.  


Institutions sponsoring this effort include:

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Diocese of San Jose
  • Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

We have committed time, money and other resources to build this effort in order to address issues such as housing, immigration, mental health, and basic civic engagement. To learn more, contact Charlie Rothschild at charles.j.rothschild@gmail.com, or Anna Eng at anna.eng.iaf@gmail.com