The work of the Common Ground team extends beyond San Francisco's City Hall. More than half of Leiasa Beckham's time as CEO is advocating on behalf of her community and educating/advising civic leaders on how best to support the long-term financial needs of their non-institutional, nonprofit organizations.
Common Ground has helped to pursue multiple projects at the intersection of real estate and the arts, and is now a key part of the national conversation around urban development,
equity-based place making, and the dual role arts and family support have in the revitalization of 21st century cities.
We believe the built environment is a physical manifestation of the people who are responsible for its governance, finance and management. Common Ground especially encourages opportunities for women at the city building table in order for the built environment to reflect more inclusive values.
As the granddaughter of "Dust Bowl" migrants who moved from Oklahoma to California in the 1930s, Leiasa knows firsthand that ownership is the best defense against eviction.