All Clients (in chronological order)
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Great Race For Clean Air (2010-current)
Community Focus is the regional coordinator for the now Bay Area wide commuter challenge, The Great Race for Clean Air. Community Focus manages the engagement aspect of the Great Race, distributing outreach fliers and participatory certificates and trophies, as well as organizing the celebration lunches and trophy presentations in front of local Boards of Supervisors.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Spare the Air Employer Program (2010-current)
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Spare the Air Employer Program is a network of local employers who are interested in maintaining healthy local air quality. Community Focus manages the database and orchestrates events and newsletters to educate members and link them to resources that facilitate greening their places of work.
Hope Through Housing
South PACE Community Engagement (2009-2010)
Hope Through Housing is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with National Community Renaissance—an affordable housing developer—to provide quality, relevant social services on-site in decent and safe affordable housing communities. Community Focus worked with Hope Through Housing (HTH) to develop a model for HTH activities in other developments around the country.
Community Focus worked in partnership with City of Fairfield staff and HTH to develop a community collaborative to assess social services needs in the community, and engaged local service providers to bring much needed social services into the community of South PACE in the City of Fairfield.
California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Community Focus was part of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, addressing air quality in environmental justice communities. The project was a two-pronged approach to improving local air quality. We worked to engage local communities on specific programs designed to reduce air pollution; “Clean Green Yard Machines” and “Burn Cleaner.” We also worked with local governments to incorporate green and sustainable practices into their operations. Community Focus' role was to prepare the cities to move forward on specific air quality related projects by connecting them to available resources and facilitating collaboration between three environmental justice communities. Community Focus hosted workshops and developed a blog site which included information gathered at the workshops, and dozens of resources including webpage links, funding sources and contacts that can be shared with other San Joaquin Valley cities.
National Policy Consensus Center
California Solutions (2006-2007)
California Solutions, a partnership between Community Focus and the National Policy Consensus Center, was a demonstration/testing of a collaborative problem-solving process piloted in Oregon. The California Solutions process focuses on city-level community engagement on a single issue for a relatively brief (6-8 month) period. Community Focus selected the community of Los Altos as a pilot site for California Solutions. The process in Los Altos, convened by the city's mayor, focused on finding a more permanent location for the local day worker center.
St. Louis Metropolitan Forum
National Policy Review Panel on Regional Fiscal Reform
Partnering with the Alliance for Regional Stewardship, Community
Focus is facilitating a panel of national experts to explore
options for improving economic and tax policy in the St. Louis,
Missouri region. The panel is being convened by the Metropolitan
Forum, a coordinated effort among government, business and civic
leaders dedicated to helping the St. Louis region compete and
City of Menlo Park, California (case study)
Your City/Your Decision (2005–2006)
Community Focus assisted the City of Menlo Park, California with the development and implementation of a community engagement process which gave all the residents of Menlo Park the opportunity to participate in balancing the city’s budget. Through a detailed survey and community workshops, residents communicated their funding priorities for city services and budget-balancing strategies. Rooted in the principles of deliberative democracy, key elements of this process included broad, informed citizen participation; opportunity for deliberation; and methodological strength provided through a random sample survey. Community Focus provided expertise in group process, navigating political challenges, building support, community engagement, outreach, and translation of the city budget into a community-accessible format.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (case
Environmental Justice and Air Quality (2002-2010)
Community Focus is assisting the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District in partnering with environmental activists and community
residents around issues of environmental justice related to air
quality. Projects include forming resource teams to do community-based
projects and facilitating a process to improve the Air District
California Department of Health Services (case
Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing (1999-2006)
Partnering with the American Lung Association of California,
Community Focus is working with county health departments around
the state to develop community-based coalitions of nonprofit
organizations and local residents to pass and enforce tobacco-free
policies. Community Focus conducts trainings and provides technical
assistance to the coalitions in strategy development and community
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (case
"Spare the Air" Air
Quality Campaign (1991-current)
Community Focus facilitates air quality resource teams (comprised
of civic, environmental and business leaders) in each San Francisco
Bay Area county. For over 15 years, these resource teams have
been working as the Air District’s partners to disseminate
the clean air message directly to communities, creating a “clean
air ethic.” The resource teams also provide contributions
(money, expertise and in-kind support) to the campaign.
City of San Francisco, Department of Children, Youth
and Their Families and the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (case
San Francisco Beacon Initiative (2004)
The Beacon Initiative is a public-private partnership that promotes
youth and family centers in San Francisco public schools. Community
Focus provided technical assistance to the Beacon Centers to
strengthen their community involvement and connection to the
neighborhoods in which they are located and helped create a set
of best practices for community engagement.
City of San Jose, Redevelopment Agency
Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (2004)
The Strong Neighborhoods Initiative is a partnership of the
City of San Jose California, San Jose Redevelopment Agency and
the community to build clean, safe, and attractive neighborhoods
with independent and capable neighborhood organizations. Community
Focus helped the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Project Area
Committee (PAC) develop a vision for the future and assisted
the PAC with strategic planning.
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Peninsula Youth Development Movement (2002-2004)
Community Focus provided technical assistance to the Peninsula
Youth Development Movement, a coalition of nonprofit organizations
and local government agencies that came together to promote adult-youth
partnerships to better meet the needs of adolescents in San Mateo
County, California. The technical assistance included planning
and facilitating Steering Committee and subcommittee meetings
and advising on coalition-building strategies.
Luke B. Hancock Foundation
Communidad Unida Gardner Washington Youth Mentoring Program
Community Focus worked with community members in two neighborhoods
in San Jose, California to explore ways to provide neighborhood
youth with positive alternatives to gang membership. The resource
team created a plan for a community-based and community-run youth
mentoring program that would use the resources of Silicon Valley
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Francisco Welfare-to-Work Mobility Plan (1999)
Community Focus helped create a plan to assist people in San
Francisco in meeting the transportation challenges involved in
transitioning from welfare to work. Partnering with Nelson\Nygaard
Consulting Associates, a transportation planning firm, Community
Focus conducted interviews and facilitated meetings with stakeholders,
including welfare-to-work clients, transit agencies, social service
providers, employers, and government agencies.
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund and the David and Lucile
Millennium Girls (1998-1999)
This project, in partnership with the Youth Leadership Institute,
brought together resource teams of adolescent girls in San Francisco
and San Mateo Counties. The Millennium Girls developed projects
to promote healthy behaviors among their peers and younger girls.
City of Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale Downtown Center (1998-1999)
Community Focus assisted the City of Sunnyvale California with
facilitating a community involvement process to create a vital
downtown center. This process included neighborhood and “town
hall” meetings to get input from residents, business owners,
employees and current and potential “customers” of
the downtown area.
California Department of Health Services
California Lavender Smokefree Project (1995-2000)
Community Focus founded the California Lavender Smokefree Project,
a statewide coalition to counteract tobacco industry advertising
in the lesbian and gay community. Community Focus facilitated
resource teams in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles,
and San Diego that created and implemented projects to promote
a smokefree lifestyle and make people aware of tobacco advertising
and promotion strategies in their communities. Community Focus
also coordinated a statewide advertising and media campaign and
a special outreach effort involving lesbian and gay youth.
Peninsula Community Foundation
Working Together for South San Francisco (1997-1998)
Community Focus facilitated an eight-month process that engaged
city officials, local business leaders and community activists
in South San Francisco, California in a city-wide discussion
to identify problems and develop a plan to work together to create
City of Fremont, California
Centerville Plaza Community Input (1996-1997)
Community Focus facilitated meetings of community members to
plan and implement a process to solicit input on a plaza in the
Centerville neighborhood in Fremont, California.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
The San Diego Air Pollution
San Diego School Curriculum Project (1994-1996)
Community Focus coordinated a project with the San Diego Air
Pollution Control District and Chula Vista Junior High School.
The project involved developing hands-on environmental curricula
and activities for students, including working with students
and parents to coordinate school carpools.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Tobacco-Free Campaign (1992-94)
Community Focus coordinated a grassroots coalition comprised
of representatives from the Asian/Pacific Islander, African-American,
Latino, and lesbian/gay communities. The coalition, through an
extensive education and media campaign, developed and garnered
support for tobacco-free “model ordinances”, which
led to passage of legislation against smoking in public places
and the drafting of legislation to limit youth access to tobacco
San Diego Air Pollution Control District
Clean Air/Transportation Coalition (1994)
Community Focus facilitated the formation meetings of the South
Bay Coalition, a group of public agency and business representatives
in southern San Diego County, to plan strategies for reducing
car trips and improve air quality
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Regional Transportation Plan (1993)
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional San Francisco
Bay Area agency responsible for transportation planning, overhauled
its Regional Transportation Plan, a long-range transportation
blueprint for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Community
Focus set up and facilitated community meetings to gather input
on the Plan and to generally broaden public participation in
the transportation planning process.
Cities of San Jose and Fremont, California
Integrated Waste Recycling and Collection Plans (1990-91)
Community Focus helped the City of San Jose and the City of
Fremont obtain input from the community on each city’s
upcoming garbage collection and recycling services plan. In each
city, Community Focus set up and facilitated a series of community
meetings, recorded and analyzed comments from the public, and
presented a summary report to the respective city councils. In
Fremont, Community Focus also developed a public opinion survey
to obtain quantitative information from the residents.
The Roberts and Koret Foundations
San Francisco Transitional Housing Fund (1990-1993)
Community Focus helped create and then coordinated the San Francisco
Transitional Housing Fund, a project that united donors and developers
to build transitional housing for the homeless in San Francisco.
The Transitional Housing Fund allowed individuals to deposit
money in a 5-year CD at 2% interest for the purpose of supporting
nonprofit transitional housing development.