Inspired by national support local movements such as Project 3/50, Independent We Stand and Cash Mobs, high school sweethearts Marc and Mari aspire to unite the East Bay communities into creating a long-term shift from spending at national chains to supporting local businesses. We hope to challenge and engage others and ourselves in developing a collaborative environment where East Bay residents and local businesses can partner up to build strong local economies.
Marc grew up in Alameda and San Leandro. A recent UC Berkeley graduate, Marc is an aspiring social entrepreneur with experience in real estate, property management and banking. He is an active member of the community having served as the Financial Secretary at First Christian Church of Alameda, Oakland Grown volunteer and Build mentor.
Mari is a Hayward resident who grew up in San Leandro. Mari is also UC Berkeley graduate. She graduated form UC Hastings, College of the Law in 2012 and has been practicing as a plaintiff-side attorney since. Since middle school, Mari has taken on leadership roles in student government and associations and continues to be involved in the community through volunteering in legal clinics and outreaching to underprivileged students.
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