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Partnerships that build an inclusive economy

As the economy emerges from the pandemic, the public and private sector must work together to build an inclusive and equitable economic recovery. Through effective policy-making, partnerships, and government investment in employment social enterprises, we can ensure that all people have the opportunity to work and thrive.

REDF plays a key role in making this collaboration a reality – developing impactful public-private partnerships and influencing policy at the federal and state levels to promote public investment in employment social enterprises.

Through our Government Partnerships and Policy work, we aim to grow and strengthen the national field of employment social enterprises – and increase economic mobility for their employees.

Government Partnerships

REDF works as an intermediary for communities that seek to build partnerships with ESEs and provides capacity building consulting to ESEs on accessing public funding sources.

We co-created and manage the nation’s first public-private partnership that connects the workforce system with ESEs – LA:RISE – as well as other government programs. In 2020, we partnered with the County of Los Angeles to distribute $46 million in CARES Act Funding to 1,400 social enterprises, small businesses, and non-profits. See below for our active government partnerships.


To create systemic change, REDF informs and influences policymakers on the federal, state, and local levels to invest in ESEs – and mobilizes ESE leaders as advocates on policy issues.

Most recently, REDF sponsored legislation in California that was signed into law, defining employment social enterprise in the labor code and opening state and federal funding opportunities. Additionally, we established the national policy coalition RESET to advocate for capital, resources, and policy change.

Read our federal and California policy recommendations. Find more information about our policy work here.

Active Government Partnerships


The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) is the nation’s first public-private partnership connecting the workforce system with ESEs. By uniting the City and County of Los Angeles, this program helps Angelenos building a better life after experiences of homelessness get jobs and stay employed.

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SNAP Employment & Training

REDF, in partnership with Seattle Jobs Initiative and Center for Employment Opportunities, has launched a program providing technical assistance for ESEs seeking to become SNAP Employment & Training third-party partners. These partnerships unlock a diverse and sustainable public funding source for ESEs, allowing them to serve more people.

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ESE Advocacy

Through our national Resourcing Employment Social Enterprises Together (RESET) coalition as well as their own policy initiatives, our employment social enterprise partners are engaged in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Some recent highlights include:

ESEs and worker co-ops are innovative, evidence-based approaches that train employees while they’re earning a paycheck, radically transforming the lives of people who are all too often seen as unemployable. Offering skills training and employment together is one of the best ways to enable successful returns to the workforce and strengthen our economy long-term.

CA State Senator Josh BeckerD-13

Los Angeles is a city of second chances, where anyone can succeed…We are making these strides by bringing everyone together – local government, nonprofits, our business community – all working towards a shared goal: to make sure everyone shares in the wealth of opportunities this city creates. That’s why I launched the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) along with our partners at REDF.

Mayor Eric GarcettiCity of Los Angeles, CA

I can’t overstate the importance and urgency of ending homelessness in Los Angeles County. Homelessness will not be solved overnight. However, through innovative and collaborative partnerships, we can together support our most vulnerable residents and provide hope for a better future. That is why I’m proud to continue my support for LA:RISE.

Supervisor Hilda SolisLA County Board of Supervisors, First District