Erika Bernabei, PhD, Principal, Equity & Results
Erika Bernabei’s work connects intentions and critical lived experience to accountability and impact in service of communities of color and the transformation of all communities. Through Equity & Results, Erika leads the strategic design and implementation of whole organization and collaborative work to achieve racially equitable results, working with small and large organizations, philanthropies, collective impact initiatives and public agencies to use results-driven, racial equity principles to build the capacity of leaders and collectives.
Equity & Results uses the antiracist principles, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s in the Undoing Racism Workshop, to dig into how organizations and collaboratives can alter how their systems work to strategically disrupt common practices and replace them with actions that address the root causes of the problem. Erika is an expert in Results Based Accountability (RBA), developed by Mark Friedman, and has worked with groups nationally and internationally to successfully use this tool.
Prior to Equity & Results, Erika served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services and nearly a decade at PolicyLink - where she developed and managed a results-driven infrastructure and support system for more than 50 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 Educational Leadership from New York University. She and her partner live in New York City and love travel, community, books and being surrounded by trees. 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.