Erika Bernabei, PhD, Principal, Equity & Results
Erika Bernabei is a leader in the strategic design and implementation of racial equity focused whole organization and collaborative transformation to achieve results for people and communities of color. Through Equity & Results, she works with small and large scale nonprofit, philanthropic and public agencies around the country and world to use a results-driven, racial equity lens to build the capacity of leaders and communities for impact.
Equity & Results uses an antiracist lens, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, to look at how organizations and collaboratives can work differently to do systems change work and strategically disrupt business as usual. Erika is an expert in Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and has worked with groups nationally and internationally to use this tool to transform their work. She explicitly uses the principles of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and participatory methods to embed ownership and accountability in her work
Prior to Equity & Results, Erika served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services, working on family homelessness, and for almost 10 years at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity. At PolicyLink she developed and managed a results-driven infrastructure and support system for more than 50 diverse Promise Neighborhood communities to produce holistic and measurable outcomes and advance equity and opportunity.
She holds an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Education from New York University. Erika lives in New York City with her partner and puppy. CV available here.
Theodore B. Miller, Esq., Principal, Equity & Results
Theo Miller has over 20 years of experience leading community and neighborhood development solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. An expert facilitator and educator on racial inequality and social change for Equity & Results, Theo has taught in university, criminal justice, corporate and community environments around the world.
Miller is currently a Senior Advisor for the Office of Mayor London N. Breed, and the director of HOPE SF, the nation’s first large-scale partnership aimed at transforming dilapidated and segregated public housing neighborhoods into vibrant, racially equitable mixed-income communities without mass displacement of residents. HOPE SF is a twenty-year human and real estate capital commitment, now spanning three mayoral administrations in San Francisco. Theo’s work aims to create ladders of opportunity for longstanding underserved families, particularly African Americans and Pacific Islanders, through deep investments in mixed-income housing, networks of community leadership and resident voice, and education, health and employment services.
A graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Law School, Theo was inspired in college by the youth residents of New Haven, where he worked as a community organizer and mental health counselor. Throughout his career, he has advised and led businesses, universities, hospitals and elected officials in urban areas across the country to redesign policy, create new models of collaboration, and achieve dramatically better results for low-income communities of color.
Prior to his appointment to the Office by the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Theo managed community benefits for the SF Public Utilities Commission, was a corporate attorney at the firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, a commercial broker and real estate developer, and a lecturer and Fellow at the Hutchins Institute at Harvard University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bar Association, and lives in the Western Addition in San Francisco with his wife and two young daughters.