About the Great Communities Collaborative
Our Vision: The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) envisions a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable San Francisco Bay Area where all people are able to shape the future of their communities. By working together, we can ensure that our region is made up of healthy, thriving neighborhoods that are affordable to all and well-connected to regional opportunities by a premier transit network.
Our Mission: GCC is a group of organizations dedicated to ensuring that the San Francisco Bay Area is made up of healthy, thriving neighborhoods that are affordable to all and linked to regional opportunities by a premier transit network.We connect local residents with the tools and resources they need to influence decision making, forge diverse partnerships to craft lasting strategies and harness the means to help move visions to reality.
What We Do: Collaborative partners are combining their respective expertise and working with local community leaders around the region to:
- Catalyze inclusive local planning processes and decision making for specific transit-oriented developments (TODs).
- Shape regional-level policies, plans, and funding priorities, while also influencing state and federal decisions that impact TOD at the regional and local level.
- Convene key stakeholders around the region to discuss sustainable and equitable TOD issues.
- Increase the flow of and focus existing public and private funding in the Bay Area to support TOD and TOD-supportive infrastructure.
Strategic Plan: In 2011 the GCC completed a Strategic Plan that articulates a new vision and mission for the Collaborative and identifies strategies and priorities for GCC’s next 5-10 years.
One result of the Strategic Plan is that GCC is implementing a new governance structure. This new structure includes an Advisory Board of nonprofit leaders working alongside a Funder Network of national and regional philanthropic entities to guide the implementation of GCC’s Strategic Plan.
The Funder Network is led by two community foundations: The San Francisco Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, who are joined by the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The Advisory Board currently consists of the five founding nonprofit organizations: Greenbelt Alliance, Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California, TransForm, Urban Habitat, and Reconnecting America. In early 2012, these organizations were joined by five others: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Low Income Investment Fund, Silicion Valley Leadership Group, Working Partnerships USA, and Youth United for Community Action (YUCA).
Please review the Strategic Plan here.