The Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a joint project of Race Forward and the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at the University of California, Berkeley. GARE serves as a membership organization which municipal governments and agencies can join for an annual fee. GARE facilitates cooperation among members and promotes resources and training dealing with their conception of racial equality and left-of-center social policy.
Founding and History
The Government Alliance on Race and Inequality (GARE) is a joint project of Race Forward and the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at the University of California Berkeley. GARE was founded by in 2014 by the then Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, and in 2015 became a joint venture with the Center for Social Inclusion, which itself merged with Race Forward in 2017.  
GARE has worked with over 50 municipalities and counties to promote their conception of racial equality and works on a membership-based model. Member municipalities and government agencies pay annual dues based on the number of their employees, with the dues ranging from $1,000 to $22,500. Members join different regional hubs and cooperatively set priorities for the program.  
Race Forward is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes racial equality and left-wing social policy. It produces various “intersectional” research initiatives, conducts activism mobilization, and publishes the news and commentary site Colorlines. Typical research reports include titles such as “Research and Recommendations for Racially Equitable Communications in Workforce Development,” “Confronting Racial Bias at Work,” and “Better Together: Bridging LGBT & Racial Justice.”  
Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
The Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) is a research hub dedicated to finding both long-term and more immediate solutions to advance their conception of a more just and equitable society. Research initiatives include a variety of left-wing racial policy and equity-focused programs.  
Programs and Resources
GARE’s main event is its annual members meeting, which includes various training workshops and regional breakouts.  GARE publishes various resource guides and issue papers. One example is “Contracting for Equity: Best Local Government Practices that Advance Racial Equity in Government Contracting and Procurement,” which provides advice and strategy for increasing the amount of contracts that women and minority business enterprises receive through things like mandatory sub-contracting, loan programs, and bid discounts. Another is “Public Sector Jobs: Opportunities for Advancing Racial Equity,” which is supposed to aid local governments ensure the public workforce reflects the racial makeup of the community.   
Julie Nelson is one of the codirectors of GARE. She has previously worked as the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and has also worked in various other roles within the Seattle municipal government. She is also a senior vice president at Race Forward and a senior fellow with the Othering and Belonging Institute.