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Affordable Housing

Expanding access to opportunity in suburban communities and ensuring equitable urban development

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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

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Transportation Justice

Ensuring economic opportunity in urban areas through access to affordable and reliable transit services

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.
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Anti-Displacement Policy

What do we mean by "investment without displacement"? Find out what it is, and why it's so critical to the Bay Area's success.

6 Big Wins for Social Equity Network

As one of the creators of the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network, we're championing an Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario for the Bay Area's future.

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Philip Ting worked as an intern with Public Advocates and was elected in November 2012 to represent California’...

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Seeking Fellows

We seek dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs.


July 22, 2014

We’re pleased to introduce Public Advocates’ first Director of Development: Debi Harris. Debi is an experienced development professional and has hit the ground running. Learn about her background working on women’s issues and why she thinks more donors should (and will) support our organization.

July 21, 2014

The State Board of Education’s July meeting marked the culmination of months of work by a statewide coalition of advocates and organizers to enhance transparency and strengthen community engagement in California’s new school financing law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Attorney and Law Fellow Brandon Greene narrates the events of the day in Sacramento, and highlights the work that led up to it.

July 18, 2014

Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio describes how our climate justice work has resulted in some valuable progress advancing “community benefits:” ensuring community investments address the high priority needs of disadvantaged communities, and that the benefits of those investments significantly outweigh the burdens they impose on those communities.

July 16, 2014

President & CEO Guillermo Mayer explains how recent front-page coverage of our work by the "Los Angeles Times" highlights a major flaw in California’s strategy to combat climate change.

July 10, 2014

Staff Attorney Marybelle Nzegwu tells why a recent victory in San Jose reinforces the principle illustrated by the Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario: when it comes to planning for the future, we reduce the most GHG emissions when we put the needs of low-income residents and communities first.

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Our nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty for more than 40 years, by strengthening community voices and achieving tangible legal victories.

Litigators: Nominate Public Advocates for Cy Pres Awards

Public Advocates laid the groundwork for court awards, including cy pres distributions, which play a critical role in allowing nonprofit law firms like ours to continue providing free legal representation to low-income Californians.


July 7, 2014
The Coalition for Teaching Quality, a coalition of more than 100 national, state, and local education, civil rights, student, disability, parent, community, educator, and education policy organizations issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s new education initiative.
June 29, 2014
"We think the residents who are disproportionately burdened by this pollution should benefit," said Guillermo Mayer, president of Public Advocates, a San Francisco environmental justice group. "Instead of reducing the pollution locally through better technology or ramping down emissions, you get to buy trees in another part of the world. The residents nearby aren't helped."
June 13, 2014
The state budget passed by conference committee yesterday marks an historic turning point in the political conversation about climate policies, economic development and social justice, advocates said today.
June 4, 2014
Public Advocates fights to make local control a possibility for parents, students and community members by making LCFF funding streams transparent by requiring school districts to use a uniform accounting code.
May 6, 2014
Op Ed pointing to suburban land use policies as overlooked causes of Bay Area’s urban housing crisis.
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