The mission of the ACCE Institute is to improve the lives of California's traditionally underserved residents, including communities of color, low-income and working families, and the undocumented population, by carrying out work that fosters deep, indigenous leadership development, policy creation, robust civic participation, and broad community empowerment.

In 2010 when we opened our doors we did so with a very clear goal in mind. We wanted to train and empower community members across the state to successfully improve their quality of life. For us that meant we would work with organizations who were talking with California’s poor and working class families and communities of color to help them research the root causes of social ills that their members want to address, develop policy that would work toward eradicating those problems, and ensure that those affected would have the skills needed to gain the attention of elected officials and other decision makers and move their agenda for community improvement forward.

We have seen that vision come to life. Throughout this website, there is information about exciting leadership development programs, broad coalitions, impactful policy innovations, new messaging strategies that reframe the public debate on everything from budget battles to the housing crisis to the intersection of racial and economic injustices, and community mobilizations into the streets as well as to the ballot box.

We at ACCE Institute are so proud of the work that we have accomplished and the wins we have helped secure for California’s low income communities and communities of color, but we know our job is just getting started. We continue to work with community members and organizations daily to discover emerging social issues and tackle them from the ground up.

Here’s to the continued fight for social justice!

In Solidarity,
Christina Livingston
Executive Director, ACCE Institute