Mission

Our mission is to align policies and public dollars to support transportation investments that strengthen communities.


Vision

We imagine a Greater Los Angeles where we bridge the gap between policy thinkers, decision makers, and on-the-ground community leaders to reduce social inequities through public policies and investments. By investing in our most vulnerable neighborhoods, we improve public health and exceed
environmental goals for the whole region. We recognize that equity is not a special interest, but in everybody’s interest.


Defining Equity

Los Angeles County has tremendous disparities in wealth, health outcomes, and access to education, jobs, and services. Racial disparities, income inequality, and environmental justice are complicated issues, and public investment in our transportation network plays an essential role in addressing them. We follow USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity’s definition of social equity, which associates equitable outcomes for disadvantaged communities with an overall healthier, stronger, and more economically dynamic region. Equitable outcomes are achieved through:

Theory of Change

Investing in Place is not a traditional community-based non-profit. We achieve our mission and vision through a unique combination of:

Research & Ground Truthing

We develop policy analysis and education resources to justify a data-driven, needs-based framework for public infrastructure investments that improve social equity, public health, and environmental sustainability. Our collaborative research efforts are developed in partnership with grassroots leaders to ensure research outcomes align with the lived experiences of impacted communities.

Advocacy

Our advocacy is grounded in the outcomes of our collaborative research. We have developed a unique and trusted professional network that includes local elected officials, public agency leadership and staff, and grassroots community-based partners. This diverse network informs our policy and public investment advocacy strategies, which are designed to create healthier, more equitable, and more environmentally sound communities for all people in Greater Los Angeles, regardless of age, income, or ability.

Capacity-Building

Equitable policy development starts with informed and inclusive dialogue to identify policies and public investments that support social equity, public health, and environmental sustainability. To foster these conversations Investing in Place builds capacity amongst the diverse range of stakeholders in Greater Los Angeles through two signature methods: regular multisectoral convenings and educational policy resources. These methods are especially unique. We bring together grassroots activists and grasstops leaders unlike anyone else in the region and provide accessible analysis of complex policies through multimedia formats that can be understood by people from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences.

We develop policy analysis and education resources to justify a data-driven, needs-based framework for public infrastructure investments that improve social equity, public health, and environmental sustainability. Our collaborative research efforts are developed in partnership with grassroots leaders to ensure research outcomes align with the lived experiences of impacted communities.

Goals

Quantify The Need

Increase the number of jurisdictions that use equity data to guide transportation investments and use this as a model for agencies across the country.

Overview of Issue
Historically, transportation investment decisions have been based largely on political expediency. Where data is used to justify financing decisions, inputs are often outdated, unreliable, or based on incomplete information. To begin shifting the transportation policy and finance decisions to an equity-based framework, Investing in Place works with partners to identify key metrics and data points that make the case for social equity in transportation policies and investments. This strategy will help articulate clear, measurable goals, identify desired outcomes, and support regional decision-makers to base transportation investments on need. Many jurisdictions and agencies in Los Angeles County lack capacity to do this work; Investing in Place and partners fill this gap.

Shift Policy

Influence public policies to be more supported by data, informed by leaders from impacted communities, responsive to demonstrated needs, and focused on measurable outcomes.

Overview of Issue
The Greater Los Angeles region is undergoing a transformation.
As a result of unprecedented public investment and a pivot in
transportation planning values, travelers will potentially have more multi-modal options for getting around. Likewise, local governments, the County and the State, are increasingly recognizing that data-driven investments in low-income communities are critical to improving the health of the entire region. Revenue from the more than 70 percent of regional transportation funding that is locally generated must be invested in a manner that is responsive to and informed by these realities. To effectively leverage our public resources, we must shift policy and investment decisions to focus on quantifiable outcomes, to address existing resource and health disparities, and to be informed by local leadership from impacted communities.

Grow Capacity

Grow the capacity of Investing in Place to achieve its mission.

Overview of Issue
As a small, start-up non-profit, Investing in Place must pay significant
attention to its own growth and sustainability as an organization. Investing
in Place should be a good place to work with reasonable job security and
ongoing professional development opportunities. Raising new funding is
important, but it is equally important that that funding be a good match for
the organization’s current needs and trajectory. In the next three years,
staff will be expected to contribute to Investing in Place being a financially
sound organization.

Increase the number of jurisdictions that use equity data to guide transportation investments and use this as a model for agencies across the country.

Overview of Issue
Historically, transportation investment decisions have been based largely on political expediency. Where data is used to justify financing decisions, inputs are often outdated, unreliable, or based on incomplete information. To begin shifting the transportation policy and finance decisions to an equity-based framework, Investing in Place works with partners to identify key metrics and data points that make the case for social equity in transportation policies and investments. This strategy will help articulate clear, measurable goals, identify desired outcomes, and support regional decision-makers to base transportation investments on need. Many jurisdictions and agencies in Los Angeles County lack capacity to do this work; Investing in Place and partners fill this gap.

Partners

Our partners include, but are not limited to:

Funders

Investing in Place is grateful to receive support from: