Mayor Murray created Seattle's Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) "to coordinate planning and implementation to build thriving and equitable communities" and to undertake the Equitable Development Initiative. The Mayor and Seattle City Council also confirmed the core value of race and social equity as a foundation of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.
The Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) seeks to achieve our vision for "a diverse city where all people are able to achieve their full potential regardless of race or means." The EDI seeks to create systemic change in City budgets, policy, practices and investments; implement targeted place-based strategies to create stability and economic mobility for communities vulnerable to displacement; and support a community-based race and social equity leadership team.
The Equitable Strategies Program leverages public and private investments and supports historically marginalized communities to advocate for their needs and shape their own futures. The program focuses in Seattle's neighborhoods of color by undertaking inclusive community engagement to identify and implement community priorities.