2015 Top 10
City and County of San Francisco, CA
Innovations in American Government Awards

San Francisco’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) streamlines neighborhood stakeholders’ access to resources that increase their capacity to create and implement culturally competent Resilience Action Plans that guide their community’s investments to mitigate the impact of times of stress, such as earthquakes and powerful storm surges, and recover quickly. The NEN, which is comprised of city agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, faith-based and neighborhood organizations, foundations, and private sector stakeholders, disrupts the traditional top-down approach towards disaster resilience through its Empowered Communities Program, which integrates strategies such as human-centered design, collective impact, and leadership development into a unifying community development experience.