Chris Iglesias, CEO

Look to Fruitvale for development without displacement, SF Business Times Editorial by CEO Chris Iglesias

Displacement is the single biggest threat facing many communities in Oakland today. The Fruitvale District, which is Oakland’s densest and most diverse neighborhood, is in peril of drastic and irreversible transformation as the area’s historic Latino, African American, and East Asian communities are driven out by rising cost of living. Market rate rents increased more than twice the rate of... Read More ➞

You Are Invited to Fruitvale’s Posadas & Carols

When: Saturday, December 15th, at 3 PM Where: Start at 4030 International Blvd After caroling, everyone will celebrate at Avenida de la Fuente Plaza between International Blvd and East 12th St. What are posadas? Posadas are an important Mexican Christmas tradition and feature prominently in holiday festivities. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up... Read More ➞

Fruitvale Transit Village

Can Chicago’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods Grow Without Leaving Longtime Residents Behind? Oakland’s Fruitvale Village Offers Hope

Block Club Chicago Article by Mina Bloom and Mauricio Peña When it opened in 2004, Fruitvale Village was considered one of the first transit-oriented developments in the country. It was born out of a decade-long community-led fight against a proposed parking garage on the transit agency-owned land. Essentially, BART — the CTA of Oakland — wanted to build a parking garage there,... Read More ➞

Special Thanks to our VIP Area Sponsors!

For the first time in the history of the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival, we will be hosting a VIP area for supporters, donors, and sponsors! Do you want to get in on this VIP action? Join us by making a generous donation today. Tequila El Rey – VIP Area Sponsor! Special thanks to Tequila El Rey who will be... Read More ➞

Civic Engagement Without the Right to Vote

There is still time for you to register to vote – do so by October 22nd! You can register very quickly and easily at And remember, the election is coming up on Monday, November 6th. BUT, WHAT IF YOU CAN’T VOTE? We all know that not everyone in our community can vote. If you are under 18, not a... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Celebrates its Living Legends

On September 28, staff members gathered to celebrate the anniversaries of nine amazing staff members who have been at The Unity Council for over 20 years. Two of the employees recognized have been at The Unity Council for 30 years. All nine of the employees celebrated were women, and women make up nearly 75% of The Unity Council’s workforce. Founded... Read More ➞

Oakland Raiders Honor Chris Iglesias, CEO with the 2018 NFL Heritage Leadership Award

On Sunday, September 30, The Oakland Raiders honored Chris Iglesias, CEO with the 2018 NFL Heritage Leadership Award. Chris Iglesias has dedicated his career to executing a social equity agenda through innovative and strategic public-private partnerships. Today, Iglesias leads one of East Oakland’s most vital community assets—a 54-year-old social equity development organization devoted to improving the quality life for the... Read More ➞

Join us for the annual Dia de los Muertos traditional arts workshops! 

Every year The Unity Council hosts three traditional arts workshops before the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Fruitvale. Each one will feature different crafts and local artists. All workshops are free, open to the public, and include materials. All ages welcome! Tuesday, October 16 from 6-8PM – History of Dia de los Muertos & Paper Flowers by Ernesto Olmos Tuesday,... Read More ➞

STEPping Up! From Youth Career Development Client to Full-Time Employee

Last year, Daisy visited The Unity Council’s Career Center to help her mom enroll in a computer class. She did not count on enrolling her mom in a class and enrolling herself into the STEP program. STEP offers services for youth and young adults, age 16 to 24, who want help with job search, career exploration, resume and cover letter... Read More ➞