2:45pm | Economic Development & Workforce Agency: Defining Good Jobs

Panel Description: What is a "good job?" The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research defined “good” jobs as “jobs that will ensure a steady improvement in the standard of living for the middle class and that will offer a way out of poverty for low-income Americans.” Job creation is a common metric of the success of economic development endeavors. But not all jobs are good jobs, and an increasing number of jobs created today fall short: jobs with little opportunity for training or advancement and incomes that fail to provide stable livelihood or even the possibility of a comfortable life.This panel of experts will explore current initiatives and organizations in the Bay Area working tirelessly to stimulate good job creation.



Dianna Tate

Dianna is responsible for managing high quality services for companies in the Good Jobs Accelerator with a focus on growth strategy, organizational planning, cultural guidance and support on HR strategies.  Ultimately, Dianna is working with entrepreneurs to determine capital readiness, and path to good job creation and job quality improvements.



Sabrina Wu, Senior Fellow – Equitable Economic Development, East Bay Community Foundation


Carroll Fife, Interim Director of Oakland Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment  (ACCE).
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization working with more than 10,000 members across California. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs we need to improve our communities and create a brighter future.


Shana Lancaster, Co-Founder of Mamacita's Cafe

Shana is an artist and a third-generation Oakland resident who is deeply connected to the city’s unique landscape. She has over 17 years of experience in the food service industry and served as Program Director for a youth workforce development program housed at California Lawyers for the Arts.