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.

Staff:

Anna Eng
Lead Organizer
(415) 563-0262
 
Lizzy Gore
Organizer
(415) 563-0262

 


Marin County

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

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  • 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 Church, San Rafael
  • Gan Halev
  • Congregation Kol Shofar
  • Congregation Rodef Sholom
  • Marin Lutheran Church
  • Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative
  • Marin Interfaith Council
  • Mill Valley Community Church
  • Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
  • Parent Services Project
  • Seniors for Peace
  • St. Anselm’s Church, Ross
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • SEIU 1021
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
 

We are currently working on multiple issues, including protections for renters in Marin, funding for a housing-focused shelter, issues around educational equity, and fair treatment for immigrants. Past issues have included access to health care, and affordable housing. For more information, please contact Lizzy Gore at lizzy.gore.iaf@gmail.com.

 


Solano and Napa Counties

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

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  • First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Vallejo
  • Vallejo Education Association
  • The Children’s Network, Solano County
  • 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

 


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 their 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 their families and communities.  

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Institutions currently part of this sponsoring committee include:

  • St. Cyprian Catholic Church, Sunnyvale
  • Sunnyvale Community Services, Sunnyvale
  • Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills
  • Bay Area Forward
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Santa Clara
  • Episcopal Church in Almaden, San Jose
  • Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame
 

Also sponsoring this effort are:

  • 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 Mila Zelkha at mila.zelkha@gmail.com, Charlie Rothschild at charles.j.rothschild@gmail.com, or Anna Eng at anna.eng.iaf@gmail.com