Cultivating the Next Generation of Creators

Design For Social Good

We jumpstart careers for Creatives of color to enter the design industry as leaders by educating them with advanced tech skills.

Creativity for growth and economic success.

Our Mission

To provide vital access, professional opportunity, and tech literacy to under-resourced students and job seekers of color.

 

Who We Help

Predominantly Women of Color (Black, Latino/a/x, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islanders) ages 18+, ESL, Immigrant/DACA, Community College Students, and People with Disabilities.

Our Vision

To develop empathetic design leaders who will make a global difference.

 

What We Teach

– User Experience (UX) Design
– User Interface (UI) Design
– Product Design
– Visual Design
– Graphic Design
– Tech & Digital Literacy

Oakland mindset since 2009

Community Focus

Digital Equity & Inclusion

We believe that technological advancement should benefit society as a whole, not just a privileged segment of the population.

Economic Mobility

We deliver the technical expertise, growth mindset, and professional resources required for students to secure meaningful work.

Workforce Development

We provide project-based academic learning and industry skills training to prepare diverse job seekers for career placement.

Social & Racial Justice

We amplify art and design for racial justice to inspire community, raise consciousness, and motivate Creatives to ignite social change.

Community Leadership

We inspire creativity, courage, and capacity to spark participation, development, and sustainability for communities of color.

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Teamwork makes the dream work

BRIDGEGOOD Leadership

Team

Shaun Tai

Co-Founder & Executive Director, BRIDGEGOOD

For nearly 15 years, five-time 40-Under-40 award recipient, Shaun Tai, dedicates himself to enhancing tech literacy and design opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and Designers of Color. He received a Master’s in Architectural & Urban Design and a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, Shaun graduated with honors from Cal State East Bay with a BA in Digital Arts and was named “Distinguished Young Alumnus” of the academic year 2014-15 – the university’s most prestigious honor.

Yudy Herrera Orellana

Program Manager, BRIDGEGOOD

Yudy Herrera Orellana is responsible for organizing programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of BRIDGEGOOD. Working alongside the Executive Director, she helps develop new programs to support our strategic direction. In 2018, Yudy spearheaded the City of Oakland BRT Business Technical Assistance initiative, providing design and marketing support for over 100 Spanish speaking small businesses. She believes in the power of art and technology to improve the lives of underserved Latinx communities.

Trung Huynh

Engineer, BRIDGEGOOD

Trung is BRIDGEGOOD’s dedicated full stack engineer responsible for leading and maintaining our Rails + Angular web application, BRIDGEGOOD.com.

In addition to mentoring design students, he increases the app performance and continues to develop features created by BRIDGEGOOD UX Design Apprentices.

Daniel Bao

Bookkeeper, BRIDGEGOOD

Daniel has been working with BRIDGEGOOD since the very beginning in July of 2009. His vast experience in the nonprofit sector advancing LGBTQ rights spans over 30 years.

Daniel received his master’s degree in Latin American studies from Stanford University in 1990.

Board & Advisors

Allison Bernstein
Board Member, 2014-2018
Google
Brett Webb
Board Officer - Vice President, 2017-Present
Favorite Medium
Cathy Kuzia
Board Member, 2009-2011
Swirl
Daniel Novick, AIA
Founding Board Member, 2009-2011
Mackenzie
Doris Newsome
Legacy Board Member, 2009-2011
Kaiser Permanente
Erica Hong
Board Member, 2014-2018
Twitter, Netflix
Gert Lombard
Board Member, 2015-2019
Twitter, Google
James Fong
Emeritus Board Member, 2009-2015
Bank of America
Kate McKenzie
Board Member, 2015-2019
Mediation Services
Kevin Louie
Board Officer - President, 2013-Present
Twilio
Linda Poeng
Founding Board Officer - Treasurer, 2009-Present
The Clorox Company, VF Corporation
Lisa Sy
Board Member, 2017-2019
Facebook
Lisa Towles
Board Officer - Secretary, 2019-Present
HCL Technologies, IBM
Mai Sese
Founding Board Member, 2009-2011
Project Manager
Martin Kojnok
Board Member, 2010-Present
Saatchi & Saatchi, Caldecott Properties
Masai Davis
Founding Board Member, 2009-2011
Quality Assurance
Michael Shih
Board Officer - Co-Treasurer, 2017-Present
US Bank
Min Wang
Board Member, 2010-2012
Sr. Financial Analyst
Norman Weekes
Board Member, 2009-2011
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Rita Forte
Board Member, 2012-2016
The Olive Street Agency
R. Shay Miles
Board Member, 2012-2016
The North Face, a VF Company
Tim Rosenblatt
Board Member, 2013-2019
BlackRock
TiYanna Long
Emeritus Board Member, 2013-2021
Bank of the West
Valerie Wiggins
Board Member, 2012-2014
Marketing and Development

Wilson Tai

Creator Producer, Metrotuned
Legacy Advisor & Co-Founder, BRIDGEGOOD

As a Culture Creator, Wilson dedicated 12 years as an advisor, student mentor, and recruiter vetting developers to build the BRIDGEGOOD web application. He built brand awareness and engagement through storytelling, strategy, directing, curating, and producing content. Wilson was responsible for coining the growth slogan, “I’m a BRIDGEGOOD Creative.”

Chelsea Seabron

Director, Social and Community Impact (Jordan Brand), Nike
Former President & Advisor, Board of Directors, BRIDGEGOOD, 2015-2019

Formerly a Board Officer (President) at BRIDGEGOOD and Manager at Google.org, Chelsea is a relentless creative problem solver who continues to deliver social impact through intentional experiences. Her career goals are to increase awareness, tech access, and opportunity for the most marginalized populations.

Joseph Gross

President & CEO, Sustainable Systems
Legacy Advisor, BRIDGEGOOD

Joe co-founded Sustainable Systems in 1994, with the goal of putting the craft of business in the service of economic, social, and ecological justice. In 1998, he launched Oakland’s first tech incubator/accelerator and in 2012, Joe helped launch the East Bay Broadband Consortium. In BRIDGEGOOD’s early years, he worked with Executive Director Shaun Tai, providing advice, consultation, and essential resources.

Donald Tamaki

Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP
Legal Advisor, BRIDGEGOOD

For over 40 years, Donald has specialized in providing value-driven legal counsel to entrepreneurs, privately-held companies, and nonprofit corporations. His special focus is on commercial leasing, personnel and employment law, corporate governance and other internal practices, licensing, and acquisition. For 17 years straight Donald has been selected to Northern California Super Lawyers receiving the highest rating for competency and ethics.

Dr. Andreas Weigend

Director, Social Data Lab
Former Chief Scientist, Amazon
Senior Advisor, BRIDGEGOOD

Andreas is an expert on big data, consumer behavior, and social-mobile technologies. He formerly worked as the Chief Scientist at Amazon, where he helped establish the company’s data strategy and develop a culture of innovation. Andreas received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and currently teaches at UC Berkeley and at Fudan in Shanghai.

MC Hammer

American Icon & Entrepreneur
Honorary Advisor, BRIDGEGOOD

Considered a cultural and entertainment pioneer, MC Hammer is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. He is a proud supporter of BRIDGEGOOD since its founding as Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center Inc. Recognizing the importance of creativity, Hammer helps connect our nonprofit with like-minded innovators and creative thought leaders both locally and internationally. 

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