Race & Equity
This department aims to create a city where racial disparities have been eliminated and social equity has been achieved. The Department of Race and Equity was created by city ordinance in 2015. The creation of the Department reflects the city’s recognition and acknowledgment that systemic racial disparities exist and that it is time to provide focus and support for their elimination. The Department is tasked with integrating, on a city-wide basis, the principle of ensuring that Oakland is a “fair and just” city, by eliminating systemic inequities caused by past and current decisions, systems of power and privilege, and policies.
Services & Resources
Director, Department of Race and Equity
Darlene has more than 10 years of experience implementing systemic change and increasing racial equity in city government. She was on the ground level in developing the Race and Social Justice Initiative in the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights.Meet the Team