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We are a social
impact company

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.

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Our team

Our Philosophy
Our Team

Alfredo Mathew III

Co-Founder and Partner

Experienced urban educator, non-profit leader, and business owner. Over 20 years of experience as a teacher leader in New York City and California public schools, and executive leader of a national youth entrepreneurship organization.


Ashley Moreland-Mizzi

Senior Director of ESO Capital in the Community Fund

Experienced and accomplished leader in financial services, working in both the private and public sectors, with a deep understanding of the market, sector, and competitive trends in entrepreneurial support services.


Benjamin Wanzo

Co-Founder and Partner

Professor of Business teaching entrepreneurship, small business management, and digital marketing. BA in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Martha Hernandez, SHRM-SCP

Co-Founder and Partner

Serial entrepreneur experienced in tech start-ups, retailers, service, hospitality, manufacturing, etc. Martha is passionate about technology as a tool to support people to achieve their life purpose. Martha received her BA from Occidental College, is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program and earned certifications on AI Business Strategy from MIT and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.


Sabrina Mutukisna

Director of Programs

Social impact entrepreneur, workforce development specialist & executive coach with a passion for inclusive design and developing the world's best leaders.


Esther Isabel Santamaria

Operations and Engagement Specialist

Multifaceted and passionate about community growth. Before ESO, Esther worked as an experienced camera technician in the film industry.

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Alberto Torrico

Strategic Advisor

Representative of a broad cross-section of clients in the business sector, trade associations, and various organizations that represent employees.


Amy Chan

Strategic Advisor

Educator, facilitator, and consultant who guides organizations during start-up, strategic pivot, and expansion phases. Coaches staff and executive management teams to design, implement, and evaluate complex projects with various stakeholders.


Sabrina Teichman

Strategic Advisor

Entrepreneurially-minded leader with public and private sector experience in global policy, community impact, strategy and partnerships. Serves as an Advisor and Board Member to early stage entrepreneurs, and for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Kysha Mitchell

Business Coach

Founder of Elevate your NOW as a platform for inspiration, expert guidance, and community blending creativity and strategy to make dreams real and practical.


Vivian Faustino

Strategic Advisor

Founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at City College of San Francisco with the mission of making entrepreneurship education accessible, inclusive, and practical.


Natalia Figari

Marketing Consultant

Advertising strategist, award-winning writer, and co-founder of Devenir for brand communication of international projects.


Sascha Brown

Oakland Growth Manager

Originally from Long Beach, CA and deeply rooted in Oakland/Bay Area for the past 16 years. Sascha is a mission-driven people connector, strategist and entrepreneur. Before joining ESO, they spent 10+ years supporting students to develop leadership skills at Mills College.


Zakiya Mackey

Program Manager

is a passionate, versatile community evangelist focused on developing comprehensive, inclusive efforts and programs with expertise in community development & public relations, corporate responsibility, program management, non-traditional education pathways, curriculum building & facilitation, and social impact.


Manuel Coelho

UI/UX Designer

Illustrator & Graphic Designer

specialized in Branding, UX, and Co-Founder of Nodriza, a transmedia project specialized in storytelling.


Join our team

Our internal culture, resources and infrastructure welcomes new and diverse talents.

Check out the opportunities to grow with ESO Ventures.

We' re Hiring!
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