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Oakland, CA

Member since:

November 13, 2013

What are you putting a lot of thought into these days?

Creativity, in all of its forms, being used to make things better.

Who is your latest inspiration?

As an agency creative, I am very much in the digital world.

What makes Oakland special?

Often perceived to be an underdog, in large part because of San Francisco's looming shadow, for me, Oakland is the city that never gives up and is now more than ever on the verge of greatness. It's exciting to see and be a part of the change that is bringing this underrated, beautiful city to its rightful place amongst other great cities in the U.S. Walking down Telegraph Avenue on First Fridays, the great mix of people and cultures that I see reminds me of why Oakland is hella cool.

Share a childhood story that has influenced your life.

Mrs. Roberson and Mrs. Baldanzi, my 3rd grade teachers at Oakland's Jefferson Elementary convinced me and my classmates that we had the potential to one day be president of the country. The idea that an immigrant, working-class kid like myself could aspire to more than just a service sector job was and continues to be revolutionary for me.


As a native Oaklander, I am excited to see this great city's potential finally being fulfilled. I am intrigued by Oaklean and how it can potentially play an important role in helping Oakland continue it's positive, permanent upswing.

What Ernesto is saying about this Meetup Group

Very cool start to a very cool group. Thanks to Favorite Medium and Futuredraft for starting Oaklean.

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