The Oakland Planning and Building Department (PBD) has formed a Race and Equity Team (RET) with the help of the Department of Race and Equity (DRE). Its charter was formally signed by department leadership in 2019. With guidance from DRE staff, the RET supports the Department in furthering its equity goals, both in the community and internally. The RET also collaborates with RETs in other departments throughout the City. You can learn more about the City of Oakland's Race and Equity Change Process here.
Planning & Building Director William Gilchrist has signed the national Planning Directors’ statement, Planning and Equity: A Commitment to Change, which acknowledges the role that planners and other government officials have played in enabling systemic racism and segregation and commits to systemic change to create inclusive and diverse neighborhoods that equitably meet the needs of all residents.