Technology CEO: Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center Inc (BRIDGEGOOD)
HQ: Oakland, California
What the company does: Not-for-profit design studio that trains community college students to enter careers in User Experience & User Interface Design, Visual Design, and Product Design.
Accomplishments: Tai founded Oakland Digital (now called BRIDGEGOOD) in 2009 and to-date (accurate as of January 2022) the organization has positively impacted the lives of over 9,000 Oakland and East Bay students and entrepreneurs, boosting the local economy by $7.2 million by bridging the digital literacy and opportunity divide. In 2015, Shaun launched BRIDGEGOOD.com, a platform funded by Google.org and the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation that connects early stage creatives to professional opportunities.
Education: B.A. from Cal State East Bay, B.S. and M.A. from San Jose State University
Residence: East Bay, California
Proudest professional accomplishment: Starting a non-profit with just $300.
Best advice received: You can do better (thanks Mom).
Word that best describes you: Underestimated.
Most surprising fact about you: I was a rapper.
Favorite job perk: Daily bike rides (lunch break!) around Lake Merritt.
Favorite causes: Economic empowerment, digital divide, and design opportunity.