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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POOJA RAJANI

Pooja started her project management career in the healthcare industry. Her work involved implementing new programs for patients and building consensus with key medical stakeholders. In 2016, she moved into health technology where she developed  effective messaging, and outreach strategies  for various small businesses. 

Her work at Andrea Baker Consulting includes planning and executing on community outreach and economic development projects throughout the Bay Area. She is involved in planning, organizing, and implementing several events, and programs in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood.

She holds an M.B.A. from Strome College of Business and an M.P.H. from Eastern Virginia Medical School.  

 


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RAHWA GEBRESLASSE

As an assistant project manager at Andrea Baker Consulting, Rahwa works on revitalization of empty spaces, and working with Lower Fillmore merchants. 

Rahwa is currently finishing her Bachelors in urban studies and planning at San Francisco State University.

 


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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.