United Way Bay Area

Our Advocacy Goals

United Way Bay Area (UWBA) recognizes that in order to achieve our goal of ending the cycle of poverty in our community, we must advance public policies that support our mission. 

UWBA’s primary advocacy focus is targeted at the local level in our eight-county service area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano). Click here to view United Way Bay Area's Public Policy Agenda.

In addition, we provide advocacy support to state and federal issues important to the United Way system. Check out the 2016 policy goals of United Ways of California and legislative positions of United Ways of California, and the 114th Congress policy agenda of United Way Worldwide. 

how you can engage with us

Individuals: You can help inspire hope and create opportunities in your community. So go ahead - Make Your Moment and get started. 

Organizations: We will consider requests for UWBA advocacy engagement that are aligned with our mission and policy agenda. To submit a request, please complete our Advocacy Engagement Form and email it to

Meet our Team


Amalia Chamorro, JD

Vice President of Public Policy

415.808.4448 |

Amalia leads UWBA’s public policy strategy to cut poverty and is responsible for managing our advocacy efforts. She is a senior manager on the Community Investment Team and in addition to Public Policy, provides program oversight for Emergency Food and Shelter and Labor Community Services.  Amalia brings over 10 years of experience in policy, advocacy, and government relations from the National Council of La Raza, University of California Student Association, and California Restaurant Association. 

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Amalia and her family immigrated to California in 1987. Amalia graduated from high school in California's Central Valley, received her BA in Political Science from UCLA, and earned her law degree from Boston College. Amalia chairs the public policy committee of United Ways of California, and is a member of Solano Children's Alliance advocacy and legislative workgroup and Statewide Boys and Men of Color Alliance jobs policy workgroup.

Focus areas: Education, Workforce Development, Jobs, Nonprofit Sector


Will White, MPP

Director of Policy + Government Affairs

415.808.4228 | | @uwba_advocate

Will provides policy analysis, advocacy strategy and implementation, and program support for UWBA. He also serves as the Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Bay Area and Wine Country, helping to advance the public policy platform of our state association United Ways of California. Having led grassroots campaigns on several environmental and social justice issues in both New York City and the Bay Area, he is an experienced organizer working to build support for UWBA's local and state policy goals.  Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Will has a BA in History from New York University and a Master's in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Non-profit Management, and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City. 

Focus areas: Income (minimum wage, tax credits for working families), Health, Basic Needs (housing, food security)

Message from Anne Wilson


"Our democracy is a grand experiment and we are all architects of it. While we sometimes experience the impacts of its imperfections, let's all continue to LIVE UNITED."

Anne Wilson 
Chief Executive Officer 
United Way Bay Area

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