Gregory Alan Jackson Jr.

  • Hosted by The Sustainable Economies Law Center
  • Sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Service location Oakland, California
  • Law school Golden Gate State University School of Law
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Gregory educated, organized, and empowered low-income Black youth in the Bay Area to launch cooperative enterprises for sustainable economic security through shared ownership and control of housing and businesses.

With an unemployment rate of 14.8 percent and a poverty rate of 22 percent, most Black households do not come close to the $83,018 required for a family of four to live in the Bay Area. Between 2000 and 2014, approximately 44,000 black residents were displaced from Oakland and approximately 22,000 from San Francisco. Although the Bay Area has a high concentration of co-ops, co-ops have largely been viewed as enterprises for the white middle class, and Black communities have yet to realize their valuable benefits.

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship period, Gregory:

  • Supported the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) to grow from a start-up to a cooperative organization with 250+ members, two assets, and $500k in grant capital, and provided cooperative support to 10 organizations total
  • Piloted a cooperative development program (Richmond Community Development Enterprise Fellowship) for eight young people that helped place four cohort members into cooperative organizations
  • Organized and brought a group of 30 to Ghana during the 2019 Year of Return
  • Raised over $200K in grant support for Repaired Nations, a project founded by Gregory that educates, organizes, and empowers low-income Black youth in the Bay Area to launch cooperative enterprises
  • Conducted more than 100 workshops and presentations, ranging from book clubs on cooperative economics to presentations on the basics of cooperatives to conference sessions¬†
  • Developed educational materials on cooperative enterprises that were distributed more than 2000 times

Next Steps

Gregory continues to build cooperative ecosystems in East Oakland and the Black Cultural Zone as a Governance Director of EB PREC and staff attorney at Sustainable Economies Law Center. He is also collaborating with others to build a Pan African Solidarity Economy Network. 

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