We are a social
ESO is committed to uplifting not only entrepreneurs with a fully-developed idea, but also people who are willing to grow, create, and become change agents in their community.
Based in East Oakland, we’re addressing economic, racial, and gender gaps through the work and success of the next thousands of ESO Entrepreneurs because we know entrepreneurship is the way.
Founders & Partners
Alfredo Mathew III
Co-Founder and Partner
Alfredo Mathew III is an experienced urban educator, non-profit leader, and business owner. He brings... Read more.
Co-Founder and Partner
An Oakland, CA native, Benjamin Wanzo is a founding partner at ESO Ventures. He earned... Read more.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Born and raised in East Oakland, CA, Akintunde Ahmad is an entrepreneur who centers equity... Read more.
Ashley Moreland - Mizzi
Senior Director, Capital in the Community Fund
Detroit born and bred, Ashley is ESO’s Senior Director of the Capital in the Community... Read more.
Arrielle Delfin Polk
Is a third-generation Latina whose great grandparents immigrated from Mexico. Arrielle was... Read more.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dax is ESO’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. He has held... Read more.
Diana Leon, a California native, is an established HR Leader focusing on talent management... Read more.
Operations and Engagement Specialist
Esther Santamaria is an multi-faceted entrepreneur with a diverse background in film... Read more.
Community Engagement Manager
Kelley is deeply committed to entrepreneurship. Oakland has been her home for more than... Read more.
Born and raised in East Oakland, CA with Mexican roots, Lorena Borrayo is a first... Read more.
EEE and ReEntry Program Manager
Marion, an East Coast native, is a results-oriented leader with a profound commitment... Read more.
Senior Director of Programs
For the last 15 years, Sabrina has worked at the intersection of community... Read more.
Entrepreneur Success Manager, Capital in the Community Fund
Originally from Long Beach, CA and deeply rooted in Oakland/the Bay Area for nearly two... Read more.
Data and Storytelling Manager
A Massachusetts native, is an experienced market research professional. Having... Read more.
Alberto Torrico joins ESO from the realm of California state government. After nearly ten years in elected office... Read more.
Jan Lynn Owen joins the ESO advisory board as a National Advisor - Emeritus for the Law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips... Read more.
Mr. Carnevale joins the ESO advisory board as the Founder and co Chairman of the UCSF Dyslexia Center... Read more.