Welcome

2016 continues to be an exciting year for the Tacoma Urban League as we expand and grow our services to local community. Our exciting new Jobs Training Program, the Center for Strong Families partnership, and the African American Financial Capability Initiative are examples of how the Tacoma Urban League is continuing and expanding its nearly 50 year legacy of community involvement. Learn more about how we are involved in the local Tacoma area by reviewing the Programs, Jobs, and Latest News sections of our website.

Brief History

Founded in 1968, the Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Tacoma Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst in the South Puget Sound community.

Mission

To assist African Americans, other ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence.

For over 48 years, the Tacoma Urban League has been serving the greater Tacoma-Pierce County Community. Through the generous support of our corporate and philanthropic community along with many dedicated volunteers we have trained, educated, employed and advocated over half a million individuals and families.

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Vision

The Tacoma Urban League will strive to be a model of excellence nationally in the Urban League movement and the premier community-based social service and advocacy organization in Washington State.

Through courageous, principled leadership from its Board, Staff and Guild, the Tacoma Urban League will continue to ensure that citizens of every economic and social standing in the South Puget Sound region are able to participate freely in both the responsibilities and rewards of an open, pluralistic society based upon multicultural acceptance, understanding, appreciation and mutual respect for all.

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History

Founded in 1968, the Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Tacoma Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst in the South Puget Sound community.



Board

Officers

  • Board Chairperson – Chad Arceneaux
  • Vice Chair – Gregory Christopher
  • Board Secretary – Roslyn Smith
  • Board Treasurer – Effenus Henderson
  • Immediate Past Chairperson, Clifton “Cliff” Brown

Board Members at-Large

  • David Devine
  • Faaluaina Pritchard
  • Dermont W. Smith

Guild 

  • Alicia Klein, Guild President
  • Bonnie Pinckney