Meet The Team


ANDREA BAKER

Andrea has provided business attraction and development services to both for profit and non-profit mixed use developments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrea is particularly adept at identifying innovative and unique business concepts and operators within the Bay Area’s diverse business community to tenant and program ground floor commercial spaces in emerging neighborhoods. She has significant experience in engaging community stakeholders, facilitating productive visioning and planning discussions, and in developing and implementing extensive neighborhood revitalization and economic development strategies that encourage and build dynamic and vibrant commercial corridors in emerging neighborhoods.  

    Andrea previously worked as a Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD), and the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Her experience stems from starting and managing her own businesses in the Bay Area, including Baker Foods, La Fête Catering, Made in California Shops and Gift Baskets, and Geva’s Caribbean Cuisine. She was General Manager of the Bread Workshop in Berkeley and the Director of Millberry Food Services at UCSF. She has also served on several boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Berkeley Arts Center, and Women’s Alliance. 

Andrea was previously awarded the National Coalition for 100 Black Women's Entrepreneurship Award, co-founded 3S Consulting Firm and currently serves on the board of the Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR) and the African American Shakespeare Company.


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MAYA RODGERS

Maya Rodgers is a native of San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. She has been working with traditionally disenfranchised and vulnerable populations for over 17 years. In addition to her social work in the community, in 2010, she helped found Parks 94124: a community advocacy and engagement group that focused on the creation and maintenance of great park spaces as well as park stewardship in the Bayview Hunters Point. Maya received her Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University.

 


THERESE BIENEFELT

Therese has a background in the hospitality and service industry, in which she has worked for the past ten years. Therese is Swiss and Dutch, and has lived in many countries before moving to San Francisco seven years ago. She is fluent in English, French, Dutch, and has a good level of German and Spanish.

For the past year, Therese travelled and volunteered around the world discovering new places and cultures. Her multicultural background and experience allow her to work well with the community and she is excited to help with the economic and community development of the San Francisco neighborhoods. Therese obtained a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism management from San Francisco State University.


TAMIKA KAI CHEINER

Tamika is a native of San Francisco's Fillmore/Western Addition. She began her career at the African American Art & Culture Complex. This experience allowed her to gain in-depth knowledge of African American Culture in San Francisco, a passion and respect for art, event coordination and the responsibility of being in service to the community.

Currently, Tamika works as the Event Coordinator to activate the Fillmore Heritage Center - an initiative from the San Francisco Office of Economic Work and Development, Andrea Baker Consulting and Urban Solutions. In addition, Tamika assists the Lower Merchant Association to revitalize the corridor through outreach and partnerships with local merchants. Tamika has a tri-lingual background and speaks French and Mandarin


POOJA RAJANI

Pooja has a background in public health and business. She has developed, and implemented various projects for companies, recently, in the social impact space. She is a skilled communicator and has executed on projects that educate and empower communities. Her facilitation and project management skills helped her initiate pilot projects at various health-care organizations in the East Coast. She is fluent in English,and Hindi and holds an M.B.A. from Strome College of Business and an M.P.H. from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

As a Project Manager at Andrea Baker Consulting, Pooja implements and assists with planning and execution of community outreach projects and development initiatives in the Bayview.