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 multiple 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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JESSICA MATAKA

Jessica brings years of experience leading community outreach and building high-yielding cross-sector partnerships, and comprehensive marketing and fundraising strategies to Andrea Baker Consulting.

Jessica comes to ABC after serving as the Development and Communications Manager at La Cocina, a nonprofit supporting racial, gender and economic equity. Her track record includes fundraising $5MM to open the country's first women-led food hall in the Tenderloin.

She has organized on behalf of Mission-based, non-profit Global Exchange, designed and implemented an anti-human trafficking curriculum in Bay Area high schools, and taught an original program focusing on the intersection of art and activism in Huaycán, Peru. Jessica was raised by a single mother and cares deeply about preserving working class families' ability to live and thrive in our city.
Jessica holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University.


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CAROLINA VALLEJO

Project Manager


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ALEXIS WOODS

Alexis works at Bayview Bistro as the “Hub Manager” overseeing day-to-day operations, working with vendors, and managing the site.

She is from the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood and is proud to be a part of the community.


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ZANE B. RHETT

Zane works as Citywide Public Space Initiative’s (CPSI) project manager. His work involves curating musical performances at the two sites - Mendell Plaza and Gene Suttle Plaza. In addition to programming at the space, Zane also works on-site and community management.


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BRENDA BEEBE

Outreach and Engagement


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BRODY RODRIGUEZ

INTERN

CPSI Plaza Staff