Andrea Manzo

Regional Equity Director
Building Healthy Communities - East Salinas

Andrea Manzo is the Regional Equity Director for the East Salinas Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a 10-year initiative funded by The California Endowment. Her role is to support the BHC initiative including its grantees by forging relationships with community and government ensuring meaningful collaboration. In partnership with the City of Salinas, she co-leads the Salinas Governing for Racial Equity (GRE) Steering Committee and leads the BHC GRE Action Team, which focuses on implementing racial equity policies and practices within local government to increase the level of resident voice and power in decision-making processes.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Toward A Racially Equitable Monterey County — An EcoSystem Approach to Healing-Informed Governing for Racial Equity

Building Healthy Communities is deepening and expanding the opportunities for a healing informed governing for racial equity practice across and within Monterey County by coordinating an ecosystem of institutions including philanthropy, government, and resident organizing. Achieving lasting equitable outcomes require institutional and structural change, even before policy change. Because these institutions make up a larger ecosystem of interconnected structures, this strategy deepens capacity of all them beginning with shared concepts, language and frameworks. Together, this ecosystem is learning to synergize an equity strategy for the region by holding both power and relationships as core components to achieve success.

Members from each of institution of the ecosystem will share their challenges, lessons learned/missteps, and emerging opportunities in this work. This will be an opportunity to explore what is needed to deepen the trust and relationship with institutions that have varying levels of power and commitment/understanding to advancing a healing-informed governing for racial equity practice.

Witness an evolving story where narrative has the power to be inclusive or divisive in balancing the love for our community and the desire to dismantle systems of oppression.

Speakers: Andrea Manzo, Rosemary Soto, Lauren Padilla-Valverde, José Arreola, Rosa González, Alma Cervantes