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Transforming Tacoma

Our Vision (Our ideal state): We are an anti-racist organization creating just and equitable outcomes for all, focusing on long term, systemic change and accountability to the community.


Our Mission (What we will do to achieve our vision): We dismantle institutional and structural racism. We listen to voices of people of color and utilize data to identify, understand and actively work to adopt anti-racist policies and eliminate barriers to success for people of color. We acknowledge and repair harm caused by the City of Tacoma


Putting it into Action

We continue to direct our work according to the standards set forth in Resolution 40622:

  • Prioritizing anti-racism in the evaluation of new policies and programs as well as the sustained and comprehensive transformation of existing services, through implementation of Racial Equity Action Plans.
  • Actively seeking and implementing interim administrative changes and process improvements that can legally be taken immediately to improve transparency and accountability in policing. See our work in this area on the Community Safety Transformation page.




View the City Manager's Update Reports (click here)

Here are the reports from the City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli, on System Transformation Updates presented to the City Council. Starting in January 2023, the presentations are given quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month.


Presentation Date Link to the PowerPoint
 July 11, 2023
 Presentation (English)
 April 11, 2023 Presentation (English)
January 10, 2023 Presentation (English)
December 13, 2022 

Presentation (English)


November 8, 2022 Presentation (English)
September 13, 2022  Presentation (English)
August 9, 2022  Presentation (English)
July 12, 2022 Presentation (English)
June 14, 2022 Presentation (English)
May 10, 2022 Presentation (English)
April 12, 2022  Presentation (English)
March 8, 2022  Presentation (English)
February 8, 2022 Presentation (English)
January 11, 2022  Presentation (English)
December 14, 2021  Presentation (English)
December 7, 2021  Presentation (English) 
November 30, 2021  Presentation (English) 
November 23, 2021 Presentation (English)
November 16, 2021  Presentation (English)
November 9, 2021  Presentation (English) 
November 2, 2021 

Presentation (English)

City of Tacoma Organizational Approach to Anti-Racist Transformation

October 26, 2021 

Presentation (English)

Finalized Lexipol Contract

October 19, 2021  Presentation (English)
October 12, 2021  Presentation (English)
October 5, 2021 Presentation (English)
September 28, 2021  Presentation (English)
September 21, 2021  Presentation (English)
September 14, 2021 Presentation (English)
August 31, 2021  Presentation (English)
August 24, 2021  Presentation (English)
August 17, 2021  Presentation (English)
August 10, 2021  Presentation (English)
August 3, 2021  Presentation (English)
July 27, 2021  Presentation (English) 
July 20, 2021  Presentation (English)
July 13, 2021  Presentation (English)
June 29, 2021 Presentation (English)
June 22, 2021  Presentation (English)
June 15, 2021  Presentation (English)
June 8, 2021 Presentation (English) 
May 25, 2021  Presentation (English)
May 18, 2021  Presentation (English)
May 11, 2021 Presentation (English)
May 4, 2021  Presentation (English)
April 27, 2021  Presentation (English) 
April 20, 2021 Presentation (English) 
April 13, 2021  Presentation (English) 
April 6, 2021  Presentation (English)
March 30, 2021  Presentation (English)
March 23, 2021  Presentation (English)
March 16, 2021 Presentation (English) 
March 9, 2021
Presentation (English)
March 2, 2021 Presentation (English)
February 23, 2021  Presentation (English)
February 16, 2021
Presentation (English)
February 9, 2021
Presentation (English)
February 2, 2021 Presentation (English)
January 26, 2021  Presentation (English)
January 19, 2021 Presentation (English)
January 12, 2021  Presentation (English)
January 5, 2021 Presentation (English)
December 29, 2020 Presentation (English)
December 15, 2020 Presentation (English)
December 8, 2020 Presentation (English)
December 1, 2020 Presentation (English)
November 24, 2020 Presentation (English)
November 17, 2020 Presentation (English)
November 10, 2020 Presentation (English)
November 3, 2020 Presentation (English)
October 27, 2020  Presentation (English)
October 20, 2020 Presentation (English)
October 13, 2020 Presentation (English) 
October 6, 2020 Presentation (English)
September 29, 2020 Presentation (English)
September 22, 2020  Presentation (English)
September 15, 2020 Presentation (English)
September 1, 2020  Presentation (English)
August 25, 2020  Presentation (English)
August 18, 2020 Presentation (English)
August 11, 2020 Presentation (English)
August 4, 2020 Presentation (English)
July 28, 2020 Presentation (English)



Our Values (how we will accomplish our mission):

  • Change: We are bold in leading change internally and with our partners. We focus on systems and power. We disallow the concept of perfection and focus on achieving progress. We adopt actionable plans and measure progress. We are comfortable being uncomfortable and are committed to moving forward.
  • Community: We value and amplify the voices of those most impacted by systemic racism, seeking their input, guidance, and honoring the wisdom of their experience. We increase access to resources, services and decision-making power to ensure equitable representation and participation.
  • Compassion: We meet people where they are along their journey and support each other in navigating the challenges of antiracism work, recognizing and addressing the unique impacts on people of color.
  • Cultural Competence: We expect ongoing individual and organizational learning to understand the history and implications of racism in order to undo institutional structures that perpetuate it. We create a welcoming workplace where all employees feel accepted, valued and can perform and develop to their highest ability.

Additional Information

Resolution 40622This resolution formally acknowledges that the City of Tacoma’s existing systems have not adequately served the needs of everyone in our community and, in particular, have not adequately served the needs of Black community members and other community members of color.

Heal the Heart of Tacoma, established in October 2020, is grounded in Resolution 40622. It aims to spark long term change that strengthens and heals communities, provide the foundation necessary to achieve greater equity in service delivery, and increase trust in local institutions.

Workforce Equity Study. On May 11, 2021, during a joint Study Session, the City Council and Public Utility Board were presented with a final workforce equity study report that provides a detailed look at the organization's employment data, including the geographic area from which it hires, its outreach and hiring practices, and employee advancement, retention and inclusion. The report also offers insights gleaned from interviews and focus groups with City employees.