East Palo Alto: Resiliency is a Mindset

East Palo Alto, California, is a 2.64 square mile community surrounded by tech giants and staggering wealth, where residents must weigh being welcoming to newcomers today with the real possibility their own families may be displaced tomorrow. In this episode of Zip Code Economies, we meet individuals bridging this tension through entrepreneurship, coding, and legal services. While the future may be uncertain, residents have a mindset rooted in resiliency that offers reason to be optimistic.


  • Youth United for Community Action students
  • Tim Russell
  • Frederick Alexander
  • Salimah Hankins


  • Youth United for Community Action
  • Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
  • StreetCode Academy
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto