Who We Are
We are an innovative civil rights and policy "action tank." We believe that sustainable progress toward social justice can be made when multiple tools - including community engagement, strategic communications, research, policy analysis and law - are employed in a coordinated and integrated manner.
Advancement Project was founded in 1999 in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. by civil rights lawyers from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who were looking for new ways to secure equity and expand opportunity for low income people of color. Our founders believed they could have greater impact for all low income or marginalized people by combining a very broad set of tools to our expertise in the law, and by being able to represent the community of highest need on an issue, rather than the interests of one cultural or ethnic group.
Our work here in Advancement Project's California offices (Los Angeles and Sacramento) is on changing large scale public systems that can greatly help or hinder low income and vulnerable people. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving - among the tools we use are the law, research and data analysis, GIS mapping, coalition building and public policy. Now entering our 10th year of serving low income and vulnerable communities in California, we have proven the model and helped secure billions of dollars in investment in better schools and safer communities in Los Angeles and throughout California.
Our Washington, D.C. office focuses on issues of democracy, voter rights and access to justice. Using law, public policy and strategic communications, our Washington, D.C. division works in partnership with local communities across the nation to advance universal opportunity, equity and access for those left behind in America. To learn more about our work in voter protection, access and equity in educational opportunity, immigrant rights and more, please visit www.advancementproject.org.