OCCORD | Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development

Contact Information

13252 Garden Grove Boulevard
Suite 200
Garden Grove
CA
92843
714-621-0919

Our Challenge

In Orange County, California, top-down economic development policy and institutionalized anti-immigrant sentiment have served to exclude low income, immigrant communities from government decisionmaking processes, and in many cities, rapid demographic changes have created a political environment in which people are increasingly disconnected from their elected representatives. As a result, income inequality is growing faster in our region than in the nation as a whole, and our sense of community is declining.

Our Mission

Founded in 2005, OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development) is a community-based non-profit organization that advances the rights and improves the lives of Orange County's working families. With a combination of community organizing, strategic research, and advocacy, OCCORD works toward a long term transformation of Orange County's economy by building coalitions, training grassroots leaders, and informing policymakers to ensure that economic development benefits every sector of society.

Our Goal

OCCORD is committed to building a sustainable, robust, and fair economy that benefits everyone who lives and works in the community. To build this new economy, the entire community must have a voice in how policy is determined and implemented. OCCORD believes that certain principles are central to a just economy: Good quality jobs with benefits; job training to maximize the local workforce; affordable, accessible housing for working families; healthy, livable neighborhoods; and quality, affordable child care for all. Putting these principles into practice would grow our middle class and raise the standard of living and quality of life throughout our region.

Our Programs

OCCORD's Accountable Development Program advances policy solutions, trains grassroots leaders, and develops collaborative capacity to engage residents and stakeholders in economic development decisions that affect their lives. Our Immigrant and Workplace Rights Program provides nonpartisan voter registration and citizenship assistance, as well as training and leadership development enabling immigrant workers and residents to become full participants in the democratic process. Our programs, which began in Anaheim, are designed to be replicated in cities throughout Orange County.

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2014

Dear Friends,

Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.

OCCORD | October 26, 2012

The devoted work of Santa Ana residents to create a path for greater community input in local development paid off October 15 with the passage of the “Sunshine Ordinance” by the Santa Ana City Council.

Employment Opportunities

  • Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development is looking for an Associate Director & a 

  • OCCORD is looking for a part-time social media and communications coordinator at its offices in Garden Grove. The ideal candidate will have a passion for: communications and social justice, creativity & and restlessness to expose societal injustices and love for human stories. The candidate should be self-driven and a focused self-starter with excellent copywriting and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and a strategic vision to broaden and deepen the organization’s exposure in social justice circles.

  • OCCORD seeks an experienced, committed lead organizer to take our grassroots organizing and advocacy programs; expanding the electorate, building coalitions, civic empowerment, naturalization and similar programs to the next level.

    OCCORD is a community rooted organization that brings together community partners and labor groups in a coalition partnership to build stronger voice of the working people for a fair and just economy in Orange County.

  • OCCORD seeks an experienced, committed lead organizer to take our grassroots organizing and advocacy programs; expanding the electorate, building coalitions, civic empowerment, naturalization and similar programs to the next level.

    OCCORD is a community rooted organization that brings together community partners and labor groups in a coalition partnership to build stronger voice of the working people for a fair and just economy in Orange County.

  • Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (“OCCORD”) seeks an executive director to lead a cutting edge social justice organization with a successful track record. We seek a highly qualified candidate that has demonstrated commitment to social, economic and racial justice ready to take an organization to the next level. OCCORD was founded as a community-labor alliance in 2005 with a mission to bring workers, families and community partners together to organize and advocate for good jobs, strong neighborhoods and an inclusive democracy in Orange County. OCCORD combines community organizing, civic participation, strategic research, and advocacy to engage residents, workers, and stakeholders in local government decisions that impact economic opportunity, community health, and overall quality of life. The executive director will take leadership of this dynamic organization and a talented staff team of 10 people working to create power for low income people of color and an inclusive Orange County.