Our Focus

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Engagement

We engage with entrepreneurs, community members, and partners to broaden our network and deepen our connection with the community.

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Education

Our education platform provides a strong foundation of business fundamentals that empowers entrepreneurs to stabilize and grow their businesses.

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Advising

Our advisory offering is work plan based, with preferred access to an ecosystem of professional services, capital providers, and workforce development partners.

 
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Capital

We take an innovative approach to investing in high potential businesses through tailored funding and hands on support.

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Technology

We invest in technology, product development, and data design to aggregate, report, and visualize our impact.

 

Our Team

  Sean Daniel Murphy  Chief Executive Officer

Sean Daniel Murphy
Chief Executive Officer

  Ingrid Jacobson  Managing Director, Entrepreneur Services

Ingrid Jacobson
Managing Director, Entrepreneur Services

  Dianna Tremblay   Accelerator Manager

Dianna Tremblay
Accelerator Manager

  Yui Ueno   Finance & Investment Manager

Yui Ueno
Finance & Investment Manager

  Kot Hordynski   Director of Marketing & Impact

Kot Hordynski
Director of Marketing & Impact

  Val  érie Bellande   Director of Revenue and Partnerships

Valérie Bellande
Director of Revenue and Partnerships

  Rasheed Mitchell   Investment Associate

Rasheed Mitchell
Investment Associate

  Caron Gugssa-Howard   Entrepreneur Services MBA Fellow

Caron Gugssa-Howard
Entrepreneur Services
MBA Fellow

  Breanne Martinez   Office & Impact Administrator

Breanne Martinez
Office & Impact Administrator

  Rachel Quinn   Development Manager

Rachel Quinn
Development Manager

 
 
 

 

Our Board of Directors

Jose Corona
Director of Equity & Strategic Partnerships, City of Oakland

Alberto De Almeida
Executive Officer,
The Body Time

Greg Ginsburg
(Board Secretary)
Vice President, Product Supply Services at Clorox

Dennis Green
(Audit Committee Chair)
Principal, Green & Associates

Jim Harris
(Board Co-Chair, Investment Committee Chair)
Chairman & CEO, OluKai

Wil Hobbs
(Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair)
SVP/Chief Lending Officer, Community Bank of the Bay

Jim King
President & Founder,
J.P. King Advisors

 

Darien Louie
Executive Director,
East Bay Economic Development Alliance

Donald Reinke
Managing Partner,
Reed Smith

Jack Russi
(Board Co-Chair)
National Managing Partner of Corporate Development, Deloitte

 

 

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