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United Way Bay Area

Our Advocacy Goals

United Way Bay Area 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. We don’t just ask people to give—we need your public support, as well. Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, income and health, reaching out to your elected representatives, or wearing the LIVE UNITED shirt to show your support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities in your community. So go ahead and engage in Bay Area advocacy. Be visible. Be loud. LIVE UNITED! 

Learn more about United Way Bay Area’s advocacy work by reading our Frequently Asked Questions.

Public Policy Agenda

UWBA’s primary advocacy focus is targeted at the local level in our seven-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 (PDF).

In addition, we provide advocacy support to state and federal issues important to the United Way system. Check out the 2014 policy goals and legislative positions of United Ways of California, and the 113th Congress policy agenda of United Way Worldwide. 

We will consider requests for UWBA policy involvement. To submit a request, please complete this form and email it to achamorro@uwba.org . 

Issue Briefs

Health for All

United Way Bay Area supports increasing access to health care for all individuals, irrespective of immigration status. An estimated 342,000 undocumented immigrants live in the Bay Area, of which 170,000 lack access to health care. Download PDF

Workforce Development

United Way Bay Area supports workforce policies and strategies that lead to better alignment of workforce systems and emphasize middle-skills training and jobs. The workforce system has been challenged by lack of coordination and siloed institutions and programs. Download PDF

Immigration Reform

United Way Bay Area supports immigration reform policies that provide opportunities for all immigrants, irrespective of legal status, to achieve economic success and a pathway to citizenship. An estimated 11 to 12 million immigrants without legal status live in the United States. Download PDF

Meet our Team

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Amalia Chamorro, JD

Vice President of Public Policy

415.808.4448 | achamorro@uwba.org

Amalia leads UWBA’s public policy strategy to cut poverty and is responsible for managing our advocacy efforts. She provides departmental leadership and program and project oversight. Amalia represents the organization with donors, corporations, foundations, and the media. Previous to joining UWBA in April 2012, she served as Director of Local Government Affairs for the California Restaurant Association and Legislative Director for the University of California Student Association. Amalia has also provided legal support in several NAFTA panels involving international trade.

Born and raised in Lima, Peru until the age of 9, Amalia and her family immigrated to California in 1987. Amalia graduated from Los Banos High School in the Central Valley, received her BA in Political Science from UCLA, studied international law at King’s College in London, and earned her law degree from Boston College. She’s an avid Oakland A’s fan and lives in San Francisco with her husband and rescue cats.

Focus areas: immigration, workforce development, jobs, charitable giving, emergency food and shelter. 

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Will White, MPP

Policy Analyst

415.808.4228 | wwhite@uwba.org | @uwba_advocate

Will leads UWBA's public policy work on health, housing, food security, and tax policy.  Along with providing policy analysis, advocacy, and program support for UWBA, he 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: health, housing, food security, tax policy

 

Message from Anne Wilson

 

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Anne Wilson 
Chief Executive Officer 
United Way Bay Area

"It is a great time to challenge the status quo and encourage social innovation. It is even more important to rise above our differences and come together, not pull apart. To fight poverty, we must work together, bring all ideas to the table and truly LIVE UNITED."

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