Program Materials from 'Race Counts'

Publication date: 
May, 2018

A newly launched online tracking tool, RACE COUNTS (, provides important data about how all 58 California counties compare across 44 indicators in 7 key issue areas, with a focus on racial disparities. This new tool has garnered local and national media coverage, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlantic.

This presentation discussed:

  • How Race Counts’ findings, data, and partnerships can support your grantmaking decisions
  • Why Race Counts was developed and what it hopes to achieve
  • What are some of the key findings for San Diego/Imperial counties and how those findings will shape local campaigns, especially efforts that impact communities of color?


John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project California

As Executive Director of Advancement Project California, John Kim lifts up the voice and needs of low-income communities of color to transform systems and expand opportunity for all. Through coalition building and by utilizing innovative tools and strategies, he has helped redirect hundreds of millions of public and private dollars to the most underserved communities. John has developed advocacy and research initiatives on issues such as community health, redistricting, community engagement, voting rights, early care and education and public finance. He most recently oversaw the strategic direction and development of RACE COUNTS. John joined the Advancement Project in 2002 to develop Healthy City, which grew to provide data, research and mapping support to service providers and community advocates across the state. He became Managing Director of the California Office in 2004 and was appointed Co-Director in 2008. He served on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles through 2011 and currently serves as a Commissioner for Los Angeles County’s Commission of Children and Families. John is also a Rockwood “Leading from the Inside Out” fellowship alumni.

Beatriz Solís, Director of Healthy Communities (South), The California Endowment

Dr. Beatriz Solís is the Director of Healthy Communities, South Region, at The California Endowment. Dr. Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California. Her professional experience includes service as the Director of Cultural and Linguistic Services for L.A. Care Health Plan. She has co-authored numerous articles, books, technical reports and policy briefs and is a lecturer/trainer to health care providers.

Dr. Kyra Greene, Executive Director, Center on Policy Initiatives

Dr. Kyra Greene is executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a nonprofit research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities, and a healthy environment in the San Diego region by providing analysis, policy solutions, education, and alliances that advance social and economic justice for working people and diverse communities. Before joining CPI, Dr. Greene was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she taught courses on socioeconomic inequality and race. Dr. Greene’s past research has focused on social movement messaging/framing, legislative processes, and public policies affecting the lives of people of color and people with disabilities. Dr. Greene earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. Presently, Dr. Greene serves on the boards of the San Diego Unified School District Select Committee to Review District Progress on Graduation Standards and Strategies, San Diego City-County Reinvestment Task Force, League of Conservation Voters San Diego, Engage San Diego, and the Partnership for Working Families.