Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit

About The Report


This report was produced by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley. The Haas Institute brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable nation. 

The Haas Institute is working with community and University partners to develop anchor institution strategies to transform the structural processes of marginalization that have shaped exclusion in Richmond and the San Francisco Bay Area. Haas Institute staff and faculty provide technical analysis, research, and training to community-based organizations and residents in marginalized communities. The Haas Institute applies the framework of targeted universalism to develop policies and practices to expand equity and inclusion for all, using strategies that account for specific situations and barriers faced by groups within society. Applied to anchor institutions, the framework helps highlight practices that advance community economic development without perpetuating existing inequalities and exclusion.

This report is part of a larger body of research exploring ways to structure the development process for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay so that it is aligned with community well-being and leveraged to reinvest substantial resources into the community. This report provides the following: 

  •  A review of Richmond’s current community needs and potential opportunities through the development of the Berkeley Global Campus.
  • An analysis of a community development entity (CDE) as an Opportunity Model for the development of the Berkeley Global Campus, supplemental to a community benefits agreement and contrasted to a conventional public-private partnership.
  • A clear pathway of the steps necessary to begin implementation of applying the CDE model for the campus development. 

Two previous reports were released as part of this research and community partnership: 

  • Anchor Richmond; Community Opportunity and Anchor Strategies for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay.1
  • Belonging and Community Health in Richmond; An Analysis of Changing Demographics and Housing.2=2

The project is generously supported by the California Endowment. The authors are grateful for the thoughtful and thorough review of this report by independent reviewers Nwamaka Agbo and Julian Gross. Any errors or omissions are those of the authors.