OCCORD | Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development

Contact Information

13252 Garden Grove Boulevard
Suite 200
Garden Grove

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.