A nonprofit collective of advocates for positive development growth in Oakland, CA

Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Attorneys, Brokers, Developers, and Vendors working together


  • Regular meetings with the City’s Building and Planning Department “working group” to advocate for policies and code interpretations that benefit developers and builders and help make government more efficient.
  • Frequent meetings with City management one-on-one regarding specific issues and concerns raised by members.
  • Newsletter reporting advocacy activity.

Project Review

  • Applicants for City entitlements present projects to our Board seeking a letter of support and a posting of their project’s details on the OBA website with an OBA endorsement.
  • Report on projects reviewed every month in the newsletter.

Political Action

  • Each election season the OBA interviews and endorses candidates.
  • The board is considering a similar endorsement process for legislative items, and ballot measures related to building and development.
  • Members present information and comment at City Council and Planning Commission meetings on items related to building and development.
  • Report on political action taken by OBA every month in the newsletter.


  • 10 mixers annually at Oakland bars or restaurants with sponsorship opportunities
  • 1 Holiday party
  • 1 Gala Fundraiser
    • Live Music and appetizers.
    • Leaders and public figures relevant to local building, development and politics invited.
  • Events calendar in the newsletter.