About Us

Our Mission:


Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.

Our Story:

Founded by U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Community Coalition was created in 1990 in response to the 1980's crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA. The goal was to provide preventative community-centered solutions to address the root causes that fueled crime, addiction, and violence in the community.

For more than 22 years Community Coalition has worked with tens of thousands of African American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and healthy South L.A. We believe people are the engines for social change. Through smart and effective community organizing, Community Coalition builds strong community leaders who wage bold action campaigns to create safe neighborhoods, transform our schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and strengthen our families and our safety net.