Richmond Partnerships

Community opportunity and inclusion are deeply intertwined with the structure and activities of “anchor institutions,” such as universities and hospitals. In their capacity as major employers, purchasers of goods and services, conduits for investment, and other roles, these anchors shape the neighborhood conditions and pathways that link communities to assets and industries in their region. 

Through a partnership with grassroots community groups in Richmond, CA, the Haas Institute is focusing on the relationship between a new research campus being planned by UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)—known as the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay — and surrounding communities.

Recognizing that community health, development and belonging cannot be separated from housing affordability and related policy, our Richmond Partnerships are also focused on advancing policy innovation and community capacity in these areas. The project is organized around four areas of work:

  • Researching and developing local anchor institution strategies leveraging the Berkeley Global Campus to enhance opportunity across education, career pathways, employment, wealth building, housing, health, food systems, and other spheres.

  • Building community capacity by providing research, technical and policy assistance to community partners based in Richmond’s marginalized communities

  • Documenting and analyzing successful Richmond-based community strategies and developing tools and resources for other communities facing similar challenges and opportunities

  • Providing data analysis and training for a community-driven policy development process to generate a comprehensive plan for housing policy in Richmond