ChangeLab Solutions (Oakland, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Amber Figueroa
  • Title:Vice President, Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:ChangeLab Solutions
  • Address:2201 Broadway Suite 502
    Oakland, CA 94612
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:510-302-3380

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  • Mission:
  • ChangeLab Solutions provides community-based solutions for America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and asthma. We believe that achieving the common good means everyone has nourishing food; safe places to live and play; plenty of opportunities to bike, walk, or take transit; fresh water; and clean air indoors and out.

    Our mission is to promote the common good by developing laws and policies that link all aspects of community life – housing, education, jobs, the economy, the environment – to healthy outcomes. We are dedicated to creating efficient public services and building new partnerships. And we are committed to an enduring vision of public health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being for the entire population.

  • Overview:
  • ChangeLab Solutions creates strategies that transform public infrastructures into systems that promote health, prevent disease, and save money. We’ve significantly improved public health by demonstrating how law and policy can be used to directly and powerfully influence healthy behaviors.

    We work at the community level, with a special focus on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. We improve health by changing policy structures to increase walkability and bikeability; incentivize development of community gardens, urban farming and farmers’ markets; reduce exposure to secondhand smoke; limit consumption of junk foods and beverages high in sugar; ensure availability of healthy affordable housing; and more. We partner with government agencies and community leaders to assess existing policies that inhibit healthy activities, strategize locally relevant solutions, and then develop customized policy tools to create systems that support healthy behaviors. We then accelerate action by training stakeholders to overcome barriers that limit progress.

    Our approach is fiscally responsible, promoting evidence-based strategies that account for generational health and sustainable communities. As health care costs overwhelm both public financing and private businesses, ChangeLab Solutions retools public infrastructure to promote health, prevent disease, and save money. In California alone, our work in tobacco control has helped save $86 billion in health care costs and resulted in 25 percent fewer lung cancer deaths than other states.

    Our unique niche is to develop and provide multi-disciplinary legal and policy tools that improve health outcomes. We draft model laws and policies based on the best scientific evidence, publish comprehensive “how to” guides to empower state and local leadership, engage in tailored training and technical assistance activities, and annually respond to thousands of inquiries from the field.

  • History:
  • The roots of ChangeLab Solutions trace back to 1996, when a tobacco control project called the Technical Assistance Legal Center (TALC) was founded at the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California.

    With two staff and a grant from the California Department of Health Services, TALC began delivering high-quality, free guidance on how to use laws and policies to reduce the health damage caused by the tobacco industry. TALC helped California communities enact hundreds of local and statewide policies, which are collectively credited with helping to change the social acceptance of smoking in public places.

    Over the next several years, the project initiated a number of programs informed by its tobacco control work to address other public health issues—for example, increasing access to medicine for people in need, and working with schools to create healthier vending contracts with food and beverage companies. Each program was built on the assumption that a community’s public health status is an outcome of institutional and environmental policies which are amenable to change and improvement.

    The project, which would become known as ChangeLab Solutions in 2012, soon began applying its work to laws and policies that governed not only social behavior but the physical or “built” environment as well. Growing evidence demonstrates the role of neighborhood design in promoting—or hindering—access to healthy foods, physical activity, public safety, and other public health concerns. Meanwhile, community planning and regulatory schemes are ultimately determined through public policy and legal processes. So in 2005, the Planning for Healthy Places project was launched to build collaboration between local health and planning departments in California, recruiting staff with expertise in city planning, food systems, housing, and business and community development.

    Project staff recognized early on that planning and public health professionals used different language, methods, and strategies, and that public health advocates often did not understand how community planning processes worked. Using TALC services as a model, Planning for Healthy Places began providing expert technical assistance to communities seeking to use community planning processes to improve public health.

    By 2006, the organization’s staff included 20 attorneys, urban planners, public policy analysts, communications specialists, health educators, social workers, and other professionals and administrative staff. Though different staff members were affiliated with different projects, overlapping purposes and strategies presented great opportunities for collaboration. It was a microcosm of the multidisciplinary community of public health professionals.

    Seeing this diversity as an asset that could be leveraged to provide a more robust portfolio of resources in service to the public’s health, ChangeLab Solutions’ founder and CEO, Marice Ashe, began an effort to combine the work into a single project within PHI. But early efforts to collaborate across programs presented a variety of challenges, and in 2008 the project left PHI to become an independent organization, then called Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP).

    That same year, RWJF committed three years of funding to implement the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN). Through this award, the organization took on a new public health topic, increased its staff, doubled its budget, and expanded to the national stage. By the end of 2008, the newly independent organization had nearly 30 staff members and operated a $5.5 million annual budget.

    In 2012, PHLP changed its name to ChangeLab Solutions to differentiate itself from a field of similarly named public health law projects, and to reflect its role as a national nonprofit leader in the space.

    Today, as a national technical assistance provider to the Centers for Disease Control's CPPW and CTG initiatives the organization has provided technical assistance and training to local governments and community groups in all 50 states and some territories. We employ 40 full time staff and receive funding from The California Endowment, Kresge Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and The San Francisco Foundation. Additionally, the initial 3-year investment from RWJF has expanded to a 10-year commitment to continue running the NPLAN project.

  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:40


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-3710746

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:263710746
  • Organization Name:CHANGELAB SOLUTIONS
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% PUBL
  • Organization Address:2201 BROADWAY STE 502
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94612-3063
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2009
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:W99
  • Asset Amount:$7,859,540
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$8,438,688
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$8,438,688
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:53:24 pm

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