Mandela MarketPlace cultivates community-directed strategies to address critical health and wealth challenges. Using a framework of food-oriented development, Mandela MarketPlace works to create opportunity for existing and long-time residents to culturally, economically, and socially benefit from community-led change.


West Oakland is a diverse community of about 25,000 residents with a rich history and tremendous potential for economic and neighborhood revitalization.


Suffering from some of the highest rates of unemployment, poverty, and diet related disease in Alameda County, community residents led the charge in developing the plan that is now the foundation of Mandela Partners's work.


What started as a community effort to open a locally-owned grocery store, has since evolved into an entire ecosystem of businesses, entrepreneurs, and initiatives, that remain firmly rooted in the principles of community-driven solutions and economic self-determination.


22,000 residents strong, the Ashland/Cherryland community is working to develop strategies that build economic self-sufficiency, and increase access to healthier food options in order to combat high poverty rates and limited healthy food access.


In early 2019, The Ashland Market + Food Hall will launch, featuring local food vendors and creating a .  


In the East, Mandela Partners is expanding food access and economic self-sufficiency efforts to support residents facing many of the same health and wealth challenges that residents in the West face.

By partnering with local corner stores, entrepreneurs, and community partners, Mandela MarketPlace aims to promote healthy food choices and provide community entrepreneurs with tools to launch or grow locally-owned businesses. 


STOCKTON: Mandela MarketPlace is the community and entrepreneurship partner for a mixed-use development in Stockton that includes affordable housing, a health center, office space, a mercado, and a central plaza that will create new business and economic opportunities for Stockton residents.


TRI-CITIES: Mandela MarketPlace is also coordinating several community-driven initiatives in the Tri-Cities (Fremont, Newark and Union City) to further efforts around food security, health, and economic vibrancy in low-income communities of color.