• 2017 Oakland PBParty Benefit
  • June 1, 2017
  • 6 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Joyce Gordon Gallery
  • (406 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612)
  • Please note: Speaking Program will start at 7 pm

Did you miss the party but still love PB? Show your support for real community power, donate now.


Join us and celebrate with community leaders!


Across California and North America, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) engages those who are most excluded from government in making real decisions on how money is spent in their communities. This summer marks five years of participatory budgeting (PB) in California, during which over 10,000 people in cities and high schools around the state have decided together how to spend public funds in their communities.

For the first time in U.S. history, low-income families and students are now using PB to decide how to spend federal funds (in Oakland) and school district funds (in Phoenix).

Join us on June 1st as we celebrate PB and those who make it possible at our first Oakland PBParty Benefit!

If you have any questions, please email harvir@participatorybudgeting.org.


Meet our PB Champions

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Community Activist Award

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

APEN believes all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment where their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Through building an organized movement, APEN strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life.

APEN organizes low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in Oakland Chinatown and Richmond, and they amplify their voices to win environmental justice. APEN develops the leadership of their membership base to advance their solutions to the climate and economic crisis. As a partner of the Participatory Budgeting Project, APEN is deepening democracy so that workers and communities have control over the decisions that affect their daily lives. Together, APEN is creating the transparency and accountability needed between the City and its residents.

Marti Brown

Government Leadership Award

Marti Brown

Marti's passion for building healthier communities and better government has led her to a life of public service. For more than 15 years, she has served the citizens of Berkeley, Sacramento, Vallejo and now Arvin, California in helping to develop and implement public policy best practices in local government, including urban planning and redevelopment. Currently, Marti is the Community Development Director of the City of Arvin, CA. She manages the day-to-day operations and administration of the Planning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Maintenance and Infrastructure, and Parks and Recreation Divisions. From December 2009 to January 2014, Marti served on the Vallejo City Council, during and after municipal bankruptcy. During her tenure, she spearheaded bringing Participatory Budgeting (PB) to the City of Vallejo for the first city-wide PB process in North America. She holds an MBA, MA in Geography and a BA in Environmental Studies. When not working, traveling or enjoying a spa day, Marti lives in Frazier Park, CA.
The California Endowment

Organizational Ally Award

The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. In 2010, The Endowment launched a 10 year initiative to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive. In 2013, PBP began a partnership with the Endowment to promote and support local advocacy for participatory budgeting (PB) across California, and launch new PB processes in Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose. In each community, PB presents a unique opportunity to channel public resources toward services and infrastructure that promote health equity and foster economic community development. For more information about The Endowment, visit www.calendow.org

Meet our Host Committee

Our Host Committee is composed of our early supporters who are passionate about PB and building real democracy. They bring friends, family, and community to the celebration.

Join the Host Committee

Alea Gage, PB Amplifier and City of Vallejo

Annelise Grimm

Anne Stuhldreher, The Financial Justice Project, City and County of San Francisco

Aseem Mulji, PBP Advisory Board Member

Catherine Herdlick, Woodcut Maps

Courtney Breese, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

David Chiu, 17th Assembly District Member, San Francisco

Elizabeth Fraser, PB Amplifier and The Oakland Institute

Joey Lake, PBP Board Member

Lawrence Gruska, Civic Makers

Ravi C. Shankar, Vallejo-PB Steering Committee Member

Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach

Richard Raya, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Abel Guillén, City of Oakland

Ron Colthirst, District 7 Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Council

Ron Hayduk, San Francisco State University

Sarah Rubin, Institute for Local Government, Public Engagement Program

Join the Host Committee


All Sponsors will be:

Featured on printed signage at the event;

Featured on the event web page;

Recognized on PBP’s website;

Thanked during the event program.

Become a PBParty Sponsor

Anne Stuhldreher

California Faculty Association

Carmel Partners

Chickpea Chick


Downtown Wine Merchants

Drake's Brewing Company


Every Voice Engaged Foundation

Fund for Democratic Communities

Institute for Local Government

Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach

Shelee Loughmiller

Speck & Spaetzle

The California Endowment

Marti Brown

Urban Habitat

Become a PBParty Sponsor


PB in Action in the West Coast


Did you miss the party but still love PB? Show your support for real community power, donate now.