Building an Inclusive Recovery Across the Bay Area

This event, hosted by the San Francisco Foundation and the Commonwealth Club, took place in May 2021.

Event description:

In the Bay Area, as elsewhere, the coronavirus and its economic fallout have hit hardest the very same people who were on the economic margins before the pandemic, including Black, Latinx, low-wage workers, and immigrant communities (especially undocumented workers). For our region to recover, and thrive, racial equity must be at the forefront of our recovery efforts.

In this program, San Francisco Foundation CEO Fred Blackwell led a conversation on the central role that racial equity must play in the Bay Area’s recovery from COVID-19 for our region to recover and thrive. They reviewed key data findings from the Bay Area Equity Atlas on how COVID-19 has impacted different racial and ethnic communities in our region, presented by Senior Associate Jamila Henderson of PolicyLink.

Experts and advocates Chris Iglesias of the Unity Council and Tomiquia Moss of All Home helped make meaning of the data and shared their perspectives on what is needed to ensure an equitable recovery for all people in the Bay Area, regardless of their race or where they live.


  • Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation, (Moderator)
  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder & CEO, All Home
  • Jamila Henderson, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
  • Chris Iglesias, CEO, The Unity Council