Entrepreneurs

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Read more about Project ReMADE entrepreneurs below.

Class of 2017

Charles R.

Charles R. is a San Francisco native and mentor for M3 (“Men Mentoring Men”). He works for Five Keys Charter School. Charles plans to start a pressure washing business which he hopes will eventually grow to serve the entire Bay Area.

Charles T.

Charles T. is a proud parent, grandparent and newlywed. He works as the Money Management Plan Manager at Westside Community Mental Health Services. He intends to open an eco-friendly wash-n-fold Laundromat in San Francisco that will employ formerly incarcerated individuals.

Chris

Chris works as the Outreach Case Manager at Flintridge Center, where he assists clients in their paths toward self-sufficiency. His professional experience and passion centers around helping at-risk youth. He hopes to start a social enterprise that provides educational and employment training for young people in his community.

Etan

Etan is a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who served as an infantry officer in East Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq after graduating from U.C. Berkeley. Self-taught in business, he seeks to bring to market a fuel-less power generator invented by a partner in Spain.

Janeece

Janeece is a proud single mother and graduate of Judge Stephen Manley’s drug treatment court in Santa Clara County. She has come a long way and today owns her own entertainment and music company. She hopes Project ReMADE can help her more fully develop her business. A singer herself, she has a passion for helping local musicians.

Mianta

Mianta is a student of National Holistic Institute (NHI) where she is studying massage therapy. A very proud mother of a baby girl, she is a professional dancer, the Community Engagement Director of Justice Now, and a volunteer with various social justice organizations. She will graduate from NHI in May 2017 and hopes to start a massage therapy practice that includes providing services to low-income, formerly incarcerated clients.

Michael

Michael graduated from MIT with a degree in physics. He seeks to apply the core tenets of a conflict resolution program he discovered while incarcerated to the development of a curriculum to be used by corporate and non-profit clients to foster more effective workplaces.

Robert

Robert hails from the South Bay and is a college student at DeAnza College where he is studying philosophy and interning at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action. He plans to transfer to a four-year university and aspires to attend law school and study entertainment law. He hopes to develop an app that enables musicians to connect directly with their fan base. His experience as a musician, producer and the co-founder of a small fitness organization will serve him well in his entrepreneurial pursuits.

Class of 2016

Nate Williams

Nate Williams plans to apply the knowledge he learned while earning his Bachelor’s degree to starting a post-construction site cleanup service. Passionate about being involved in his community, Nate currently serves as a Peer Community Liaison at Westside Community Services and volunteers his time with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Leyon Barner

Leyon Barner grew up in Oakland and is passionate about helping the young people in his community. His goal is to develop a social enterprise for youth in Oakland related to growing healthy,fresh food. Leyon holds an Associate’s degree from Lassen Community College and is currently a student at City College of San Francisco.

Bang Khong

Bang Khong grew up in the Bay Area in a family that has been in real estate for over 30 years. Currently enrolled at San Francisco State University, Bang is interested in developing a technological solution that streamlines home-buying for interested buyers and brokers.

Tony Orozco

Tony Orozco grew up in San Jose, where he still lives. With years of experience in cabinetry, carpentry, and textile programs, Tony plans to apply his skills and expertise to start his own handyman/home improvement business. His goal is to obtain his general contractor’s license and eventually grow his business into a corporation that can offer formerly incarcerated people the opportunity he has been given to begin a new life.

James “Hawk” Lowden

James “Hawk” Lowden is a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and serves as a member of the San Francisco Reentry Council subcommittee and the San Francisco Adult Probation Leadership Academy. He plans to start a carpet and upholstery care business in San Francisco where he now resides, and is slated to graduate from City College of San Francisco in Spring 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Social & Behavioral Science, then transfer to San Francisco State University in Fall 2016 to pursue his ultimate goal of a Master’s degree in Psychology. Beyond his education and business goals, he dreams of opening a healing center on his ranch located on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

Class of 2015

Brian Sparkes

Brian Sparkes grew up and still lives in the South Bay. He has experience facilitating gang intervention programs and speaking on college campuses, including at Stanford. A driven person, he is working to establish a center that will provide coaching, outreach, and consulting around character development.

October 5th, 2016: “Brian Sparkes, Project ReMADE Class of 2015, is settling in well at his new college home of UC Davis where he is majoring in Communications. Go Aggies!” See this on Facebook

Jose Bernal

Jose Bernal, a native San Franciscan, has always enjoyed writing and has relied on it during difficult times. He worked for two years as a cadet with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and now works with homeless populations in the area. He is interested in developing a business that will publish work by writers whose voices are unrepresented in mainstream publishing.

October 28th, 2016: “Congratulations to Jose Bernal, Project ReMADE Class of 2015, and James “Hawk” Lowden, Class of 2016, for being appointed to the San Francisco Reentry Council. We’re so proud of you both!” See this on Facebook

Joseph Miles

Joseph Miles works at Project Rebound at San Francisco State University, where he is also an undergraduate student. An entrepreneur who has successfully launched two businesses overseas, he is exploring the viability of converting recycled shipping containers into housing for low-income people. Learn more about innovative Home Concepts.

August 29th, 2016: “Joseph Miles, ReMADE Class of 2015, is featured in this article about the fantastic work he does to support formerly incarcerated people get enrolled and succeed in college through Project Rebound at San Francisco State University.” Read more

Londale Walton

Londale Walton is a college student at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. He also works as a Peer Mentor at Extended Opportunities Programs and Services on the CCSF campus, where he helps others attain their educational goals. His dream is to operate a community arts center where artists can produce and display their work. An artist himself, he values the inspiration and productivity that result from collaborative creative space.

July 20th, 2016: “Our graduates are our very best recruiters of potential entrepreneurs. Thanks to Dale, Jose, Willard and Brian – all graduates of the Class of 2015 – for speaking today in San Francisco about your reentry journeys, business ventures, and impressions of Project ReMADE.” See this on Facebook

Entrepreneurs

Willard Birts hails from a family of entrepreneurs. As a young man, he worked as a street vendor selling hot dogs in downtown Palo Alto. His goal is to start an auto-detailing business, and he looks forward to having his daughter, a Stanford School of Education graduate, join him at his ReMADE completion ceremony.

July 20th, 2016: “Our graduates are our very best recruiters of potential entrepreneurs. Thanks to Dale, Jose, Willard and Brian – all graduates of the Class of 2015 – for speaking today in San Francisco about your reentry journeys, business ventures, and impressions of Project ReMADE.” See this on Facebook

Class of 2014

Jamaal Pratt

Jamaal Pratt
Founder, Jamaal’s Bean Pies

Jamaal Pratt has been working as a small vendor of bean pies, hats, and oil essences at various events in the Bay Area for the past several years. He is a connoisseur and outspoken promoter of the Bay Area bean pie (made with navy beans, tastes like pumpkin pie and is high in protein) and thinks that it could attain more mainstream interest with the right marketing. Jamaal’s business idea is to expand operations for his sales, including the possibility of opening a small stall or food truck in his hometown of Vallejo.

Kevin M. Williams

Kevin M. Williams
Co-Founder, A-Team Moving Company
www.movinghelp.com/ATMC, 408-914-0607

After graduating from Project ReMADE’s class of 2014, Kevin Williams founded A-Team Moving Company, a labor services company based in Milpitas, CA. Under Kevin’s leadership, A-Team Moving has grown quickly and now provides professional moving and cleaning services throughout the Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Area.

Kevin is also passionate about music, especially gospel and inspirational song. Through Project ReMADE, Kevin developed a company/brand that provides marketing, promotion, and management services for inspirational music acts, utilizing his knowledge of music, social talents, connections, and technology to bring lesser-known artists to the wider stage in the Bay Area.

Laura Mendoza

Laura Mendoza
Founder, Wampum Remedies

Laura is the founder and CEO of Wampum Traditional Remedies. She has an M.S. in cell and molecular biology, with 14 years of work experience in molecular biology labs. Laura is of Chiricahua Apache descent, and with much of her family lineage still living in New Mexico, she is closely connected to many of the traditions of her medicine people.

To create Wampum Traditional Remedies, Laura combined traditional medicinal knowledge with her plant molecular background to develop herbal products that provide natural relief for a variety of ailments. Her products include Wampum Rub for pain relief and Itchy Balm for dry, itchy skin. She is currently working to develop three additional products, which include a face mask, cold sore remedy, and foot spray.

Rudy Howell

Rudy Howell
Founder, RH Federal Criminal Justice Consulting

Rudy is a student at San Francisco State University working towards his B.A. in criminal justice, while working part-time as a personal trainer and intern at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. Based on his extensive experience in various levels of prison, Rudy’s business idea is to offer consulting services to those entering prison (e.g., to white collar convicts soon serving time) on how to survive incarceration.

Ted Stanton

Ted Stanton
Founder, Good Karma

Ted Stanton is a veteran who lives in San Francisco.

After graduating from a six-month culinary arts program, Ted devoted several months to perfecting his own recipes, before launching his business to produce, market, and sell his chocolates and caramels.

Recently, Ted has expanded his product offerings to include a line of handmade bath products, including soaps, bath salts, lotions, sachets, soy wax candles, and his unique bath teas. Consistent with his philosophy of healing the mind, body, and spirit, Ted uses no artificial dyes or fragrances in his products; instead, he incorporates only natural colors and fragrances through essential oils and fresh ingredients.

Prior to joining Project ReMADE, Ted was a massage therapist. In further growing his company, Ted plans to leverage this prior experience as a custom service provider, as well as his education. Ted holds a B.A. in Psychology and has pursued graduate coursework.

November 17th 2016: “Ted Stanton, owner of 4 your Mind, Body, and Spirit and Project ReMADE Class of 2014, will be selling his beautiful and fragrant organic soap, lotions, body butter, body scrubs and sachets at the Jingle Fest taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center this coming Saturday (10 am-4 pm) and Sunday (10 am-6 pm). Come out and support one of our entrepreneurs and get some holiday shopping done too!” See this on Facebook

Tyrone Mullins

Tyrone Mullins
Co-Founder, Green Streets (San Francisco, CA)

Tyrone Mullins has been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work with “Green Streets,” a community-owned recycling business that he co-founded. The organization has progressively grown to sign several contracts with San Francisco, Oakland, and Richmond, while adding facets to the business model.

Tyrone has emerged as a leader, and his business goal is to improve the back-end of the initiative—because while there are successes, the organization’s future depends on developing skilled management to guide the organization towards a fully independent, sustainable model.

May 27th, 2016: “Congratulations to Tyrone Mullins, Project ReMADE Class of 2014, and the team of Greenstreets, a social enterprise providing recycling services in low income housing neighborhoods, on celebrating its sixth anniversary last night. Keep up the awesome work!” See this on Facebook

April 5th, 2016: “For all the frustrations tech startups have unleashed on the Bay Area, they’ve also instilled a sense that the calcified structures of the past don’t necessarily need to be around tomorrow. Tyrone Mullins (Project ReMADE Class of 2014) brought that Silicon Valley ethic to the Western Addition projects. He deserves credit for his own powerful disruption: not just finding a new way to sort trash and manage its pickup, but for an entirely new vision of labor for those the tech world’s prosperity is leaving behind.” Read more

Class of 2013

Alicia Canu
Alicia Canu currently works as a customer service representative for a financing company but she would like to create a transitional housing program for women and children in San Mateo County. She is the mother of two small children and understands the need for a comprehensive solution that helps both parents and their children. Alicia has more than seven years of experience managing transitional houses and providing counseling and case management services for people transitioning into and out of prisons and rehabilitation centers.

Malik Wade
Malik Wade was a member of the ReMADE class of 2013, where he developed the Scholastic Interest Group (“SIG”), an organization he co-founded. SIG’s mission is to help young men in low-income communities reach their full potential. SIG mentors student athletes from underserved communities and offers personal development and athletic programs.

Mr. Wade also been a youth advocate at San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, a guest Lecturer at UC Berkeley, a volunteer and a mentor for the Junior 49ers youth football program in San Francisco and a case manager for the African American Art and Culture Complex Youth Development program. One of his most prominent achievements was his entry into the Daly City Hall of Fame on April 5, 2007. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Daly City Hall of Fame, after being nominated by State Senator Leland Yee for exemplary community service.

July 7th, 2016: “Congratulations to Malik Wade, Class of 2012 and founder of Scholastic Interest Group, on achieving non-profit status for his organization that fosters leadership development among youth in the Bay Area. Scholastic Interest Group official registered and trademarked 501 c 3. A dream deferred finally came true 16 years in the making…” See this on Facebook

March 21st, 2016: “Check out the great work Malik Wade, Project ReMADE Class of 2013, is doing with young men in San Francisco with his organization SIG – Scholastic Interest Group” See this on Facebook

February 2nd, 2016: “Our entrepreneurs had last Sunday off from class and met with their mentor teams for the first time. Meanwhile, Project ReMADE graduate Malik Wade met with several volunteers to discuss his business.” See this on Facebook

Macio Lyons
After returning home from a prison sentence, Macio Lyons worked a case manager to low-income, pregnant and parenting teens at a large non-profit organization based in San Francisco. He also worked tirelessly as an advocate for fair employment, economic opportunities, fair housing policies, and education for the residents of his impoverished community. He believes the only way to break down the barriers of poverty and employment discrimination is to become an own employer of yourself and others. This philosophy inspired him to launch Lyons Transportation and Logistics Corp., a trucking- and street-sweeping company that services multi-billion-dollar building projects now underway in the City of San Francisco.

You can learn more about Macio’s work at Kiva Zip, where he launched a successful micro-lending campaign while working with Project ReMADE.

Rene Ontiveros
Rene Ontiveros is a Mission District Native of San Francisco through his experience with poverty, violence, and incarceration it has enriched his life to defy the odds and not become another existing statistic–but a living Statistic empowering himself and his community. Rene believes to break barriers, “education is the key to understanding racial disparities, and a conscious community is vital to systematic change.”

As a City College student and last year Chair of the YA BASTA student organization, the daily motto he fostered was “Education is Activism”. Being a father, brought determination to be a Youth Commissioner last year, his devotion and chartered task was to identify the unmet needs of the children and youth of San Francisco and advise the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on policy recommendations, and also to urge city departments to meet the needs of this disadvantaged population.

Currently, He is undergoing a fellowship at the Transitional Age Youth San Francisco Initiative (TAYSF), where he conducts Youth-participatory action based research and uses the qualitative data to inform City departments serving TAY (16-24 year olds). Rene’s drive is from God, his family and loving daughter, and all of his many peers, friends, mentors, and loved one’s who have passed away, or incarcerated.

Class of 2012

Chloe Turner

Chloe Turner
Founder, Two Lips by the Bay

Chloe balances two jobs as the Women Rising Case Manager at Community Works and Medical Respite Worker at the Department of Health Medical Respite and Sobering Center while studying Organizational Behavior and Leadership at University of San Francisco. She returned home from prison four years ago, and is working on a clothing and accessory line geared towards the queer community.

June Lee

June Lee
Founder, Leo Designs SF

June returned home from prison after serving a lengthy sentence nearly six years ago. She is enrolled at San Francisco City College where she is majoring in Business. She works at the Center for Young Women’s Development and as a studio assistant for a faculty member who teaches metal arts. She makes things with her hands – jewelry, purses, furniture – and dreams of opening her own store one day.

Mahnani Clay

Mahnani Clay
Mahnani’s Domestic Detailing

Mahnani has several business ideas, including re-starting the cleaning and domestic support service she launched on the East Coast before going to jail – Home Sweet Home Household Services. She is proud to wear multiple hats under the employ of Community Works West. She is a Case Manager at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Women’s Resource Center and works for the Restorative Community Conferencing program. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration.

Mary Campbell

Mary Campbell
Workwellness, Inc.

An energetic, vibrant and positive woman, Mary has been out of prison for five years and desires to be an inspirational speaker or a professional meeting planner. She served on the San Francisco Reentry Council for two years, leads a Self-Empowerment Group at the San Francisco County Jail, and is employed as an Executive Assistant at a local technology company.