At the heart of this project, is Oakland, the people and the organizations that make this such a wonderful place to be. Our primary goal is to make One Lake Merritt a gamechanger in terms of what a community can expect from a redevelopment project. 1LM is a market-driven solution addressing a host of community-based challenges, generating impressive levels of economic impact and creating a wide range of opportunities for Oakland residents. 

In addition to the economic and community benefits, 1LM also creates a tremendous new asset for the arts in Oakland, fulfilling its rightful position as an international epicenter for the arts, but in a true Oakland kind of way.

All of the following community leaders and organizations wrote a letter of support for inclusion in our proposal submission or were listed as a supporter, and many more have lent their support since and in other ways. We are humbled by the unprecedented levels of cross-sectoral cooperation that we've been able to achieve.

Economic and workforce development (PARTIAL LIST)

Dr. Jose Ortiz, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Dr. Elñora T. Webb, President, Laney College

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, President, Merritt College

Antwan Wilson, Superintendent
Oakland Unified School District

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, California Community College Chancellor's Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division

Keith Carson, President, Alameda County Supervisor and
Chair, East Bay Economic Development Alliance

Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, PolicyLink

Linda Collins, CEO, Career Ladders Project

L. Karen Monroe, Associate Superintendent
Alameda County Office of Education

William Keller, President & CEO
Community Bank of the Bay

Michael Collins, Department Chair and Associate Professor,
Department of Hospitality Management, University of San Francisco

Andreas Cluver, Alameda County Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County

Wei-Ling Huber and Ty Hudson,

Kurt DreyerInternational Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 107

Dr. Tony Iton, Senior Vice President
The California Endowment

Cedric Brown, Managing Partner
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Marc Spencer, CEO, Juma Ventures

Henry Ramos, President & CEO
Insight Center

David L. Jones, Professor and Department Chair
Department of Hospitality Management,
San Francisco State University

Gary Freund, Advisory Committee Chair
Cal State Eastbay Hospitality Department

Cultural Arts (PARTIAL LIST)

Steven Payne, Executive Director
Oakland East Bay Symphony

Karen Cusolito, Founder
American Steel Studios

Karl Cronin, Managing Director
AXIS Dance Company

Hiroko Kurihara, Founder
Oakland Makers

Mark DeSaulnier, Executive Director
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Naomi Diouf, Artistic Director
Diamano Coura West African
Dance Company

Reggie Savage, Founder and Artistic Director, Savage Dance

Cristy Johnston Limon
Executive Director, Destiny Arts Center

Michael Orange, Founder
Top Ten Social


David Roach, Founding Director,
Oakland Film Society and Oakland International Film Festival

Steven Anthony Jones, Artistic Director
Lorraine Hansberry Theater

Theo Williams, Founder and Director, CaribelinQ

Aaron Ableman, Chief Creative Officer and Dave Room, Chief Executive Officer, Balance Edutainment

Joyce Gordon
Joyce Gordon Gallery

Thelma Harris, Owner
Thelma Harris Gallery

Elena Serrano, Co-Founder
Eastside Arts Alliance

Vic Ferrer, Co-Founder
Friends of the Exposition Organ

Julie Mushet, Executive Director
World Arts West

Deborah Vaughan, Founder and Artistic Director, Dimensions Dance Theater

Destiny Muhammad
Harpist from the Hood

D'Wayne Wiggins, Founder and Artistic Director, West Wind Artists

Linda Harrison, Executive Director
Museum of the African Diaspora

Sherri Young, Founder and Executive Director, African American Shakespeare Company

Roxanne Padgett, Executive Director
Museum of Children's Arts

Chang Yi, Founder
Eastlake Music Festival

Dominique Pelletey, Executive Director, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music