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Bay Area Capital Connections XII: Striving Toward a Dignified Economy

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Donell Johnson Jr

Mandela Grocery Cooperative

Carla Buggs

CEO, Bay Area Black Market

Andrew Williams

Executive Director, East Bay United Soccer Club

James Hurd Nixon

Founder, Sustainable Systems

Yahshimabet Sellassie

CEO, Yahshi Bakes

Dorenda Haynes

Owner, Get the Fork Outta Here

Alondra Williams-Vasquez

Fresno Regional Manager, Community Vision

Alfredo Mathew III

Partner, East Side Oakland Ventures

Michael Gunning

Board Member, Alliance for Community Development

Ari Takata-Vasquez

Executive Director, Oakland Indie Alliance

Ivellisse Morales

Founder and CEO, Bombilla

Hope Lehman

Runway Project

Purvi Patel

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Esperanza Pallana

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Community Vision

Helen Wyman

Community Banking Officer, Community Bank of the Bay

Grant Word

Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial & Business Banking, Beneficial State Bank

Ernesto Vilchis

Real Estate Consultant, Community Vision

Mario Trigueros

Managing Director, Pachamama Alliance

Lily Laurence

Regenerative Consultant

Claudia Sandoval

Development Manager, Pachamama Alliance

Darcelle Lahr

Professor of Business Practice, Mills College & Director, Center for Transformative Action

Melanie Nuni- Alliance Staff

Director of Programs, Alliance for Community Development

Nicole Jarbo

Founder, Goodbets Group

Titi ikhile

Director of Lending, Working Solutions

Brian Beckon

Principal, Cutting Edge Counsel

Trevor Parham

Founder, Oakstop

Naima McQueen

Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development

Cinthya Flores

Founder, Utz Threads

Natalia Carrasco

Director of Business Advising, PCV

Stephen Bediako

Founder, Turning Basin Labs

Alicia Kidd

Founder & CEO, The Wine Noire

Elisse Douglass

Co-founder & General Partner, Oakland Black Business Fund & VP, Signature Development Group

Randolph Belle

Owner, RBA Creative & Support Oakland Artists

LJ Jennings

Senior Pastor, Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship

Brooklyn Wright

Director of Partnerships, Out in Tech

Abby VanMuijen

Founder & Graphic Recorder, RogueMark Studios

Bret Sweet

Center Director, Renaissance East Bay

Andrew (He/Him) Baskin

Partner and Worker-Owner, LIFT Economy

Jasmine Rashid

Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Candide Group

Julia McCotter - Alliance Staff

Marketing Coordinator, Alliance for Community Development

Carolyn Johnson

Executive Director, East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Collaborative

Loren Taylor

City of Oakland District 6 Councilmember

Rodney Foxworth

Founder, Invested Impact

Nwamaka Agbo

Restorative Economics Practitioner, Nwamaka Agbo Consulting

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Pacific Community Ventures

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Working Solutions

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Oakland Black Business fund (@oakstop)

Oakstop provides workspace and event space for people & businesses interested in having a creative and collaborative professional environment.

Cocina del Corazon (@cocinadelcorazonoakland)

Sustainable Food Company helping to fight food inequalities in Oakland, CA.

StartOut (@startoutcommunity)

LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs building community and scaling businesses through events, mentorship & investment

Grace Street Catering (@gracestreetcatering)

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Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Our mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all.

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Gellert Family Business Center

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Mills College

Lokey School educates and supports students to develop as empathetic, ethical leaders.


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Pachamama Alliance (@pachamamaorg)

Pachamama Alliance: learn about programs to engage in creating a socially just, sustainable future that works for all.

Mahalio Shipping

The World’s Friendliest Sustainable Delivery Service

The Xocolate Bar (@xocolatebar)

Organic, fair trade, creative & delicious artisan chocolates

Pure Momentum Consulting, LLC

Supporting Non Profits since 2006!

Delane's Natural Nail Care (@dnnc_sts)

Relaxing, Private, Professional and Clean

The CraneWorks

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Nail Professionals (@@nailpros)

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Umber by J. Lenay (@umberjlenay)

Reduce Unwanted Facial Hair Naturally for Women

Flavors Catering and Consulting

One Planet, Many Flavors: Regenerative Organic & Food Justice Aligned Catering & Consulting

CoCo Noir Wine Shop & Bar (@coconoirwineshop)

Wine Diversity to Oakland California

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