MEDA's Revised Core Values

MEDA’s Strategic Plan 2021-24 puts forward our organization’s strategies for our work over the next four years. Our plan is the culmination of a year’s work, involving reiterative input from MEDA’s staff members, Board of Directors, clients and stakeholders. The planning process was led by our Strategic Planning Team, consisting of staff at the Chief Officer, Director and Associate Director level. Starting in late 2019, this team convened on a regular basis to map out priorities for our results and Operations departments, refine content and devise core strategies. Throughout 2020, members of the Planning team led all staff members, the Board and a focus group of clients in activities to review draft language and discuss core concepts.

Included in our Strategic Plan 2021-24 are our revised core values. 

Organizational values describe the core ethics or principles by which our nonprofit will abide, no matter what. MEDA’s revised core vales are:

Equity. We create programs and change policies to expand opportunities for Latinos and other historically underserved communities, to ensure justice is never limited by race/ ethnicity, class, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, country of origin and disability status.

Activation. Our work is grounded in the experience and expertise of our community members, mobilizing local leaders to reverse displacement and promote local ownership of neighborhood establishments, cultural institutions, business capital and homes.

Audacity. We are risk-takers who lead with courage, put forth new solutions to our community’s challenges and continuously adapt to changing circumstances.

Togetherness. In solidarity with fellow organizations committed to advancing equity, the MEDA team creates partnerships locally, regionally, statewide and nationally, sharing our model and building coalitions in a movement toward social justice.

Impact. Our goal is to eradicate our community’s problems, not only to help our clients develop coping strategies. In order to create this lasting change, we continuously monitor the impact of our services as well as use data to drive program improvements and inform our policy agenda.

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