Gregory Jackson

  • 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
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Gregory educates, organizes, and empowers low income Black youth in the Bay Area to launch cooperative (“co-op”) 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

In the past year, Gregory has:

  • Assisted the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) in securing $200,000+ in funding from foundations, individual donors, and investors to invest in co-ops;
  • Helped catalyze a resurgence of cooperative activity in Black communities by engaging 350 individuals in monthly bookclubs, workshops, and presentations, resulting in at least three new cooperatives;
  • With Repaired Nations, stewarded a cooperative fellowship program for beginners in the cooperative movement, placing 3 of the 8 person cohort in cooperative jobs;
  • Facilitated a community visioning workshop with EB PREC that has potential to yield $10s of millions of dollars to fund Black cooperatives in a new transit development;
  • Presented to Pillsbury about project goals, progress, and opportunities for pro bono involvement.

Next Steps

In the next year, Gregory plans to:

  • Continue existing bookclubs and expand bookclubs to another location;
  • Host a series of day-long cooperative workshops and acceleration sessions with Village Connect;
  • Teach a weekly cooperative economics course at Decolonize Academy for middle-school youth;
  • Continue to advise existing partners, and advise additional burgeoning cooperative businesses in the arts, retail, and real estate industries;
  • Provide drop-in legal advice once a month at the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s legal cafe, engaging Pillsbury in this and other pro bono opportunities.

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