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    BUILD Bay Area serves more than 400 students. In BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2018, 98% graduated from high school and 98% were accepted to at least one post-secondary opportunity.

  • Bay Area

    BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2017 received more than 400 college acceptance letters. Boston University, University of Puget Sound, and all 9 UCs are some of the schools that will welcome BUILDers to their campuses.


Key Statistics

  • 400

    Students Served

  • 112

    Student Businesses

  • 98%

    Students Accepted to a Post Secondary Institution

BUILD: Bay Area

BUILD is a four-year college readiness program whose mission is to use entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success.

During the 2014-2015 program year, 80% of Bay Area students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced lunch, 92% are ethnicity under-represented in higher education, and 79% would be from the first generation in their family to graduate from college. Many students also had low middle school GPAs, state test scores, and attendance rates – three early predictors of dropping out of high school that may disqualify our students from other college access programs.

By helping students develop and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world business experiences and critical skill-building for the future. BUILD Bay Area currently serves over 400 students in Oakland and the Peninsula.

School Partners

East Bay Schools

    • Golden State College Preparatory Academy
    • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy
    • MetWest High School

Peninsula Schools

    • East Palo Alto Academy
    • Sequoia High School
    • Woodside High School

Local Advisory Board

  • Michael Farb (Chair), CEO, Neon One
  • Alvina Antar, CIO, Zuora
  • LaMar Bunts, Acting Chief Success Officer, California On-line Community College District
  • Louis Chang, Sector Head, Criterion Capital Management
  • Danielle Conkling, Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Joshua Cook, Partner, Goodwin 
  • Scott Fisher, Partner, Select Management Group
  • Lynda Galligan (Emeritus), Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Kevin Gueco, Founder, Gueco Real Estate 
  • Lars Hens, Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust
  • Alana Karen (Emeritus), Director of Search Platforms, Google
  • Trevor Kempner, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
  • Elton Kwok, VP & General Manager, California at WeWork
  • Emily Lam, Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 
  • David Li, Vice President, Twin Point Capital
  • Steven Mack, Partner, PwC  
  • Jan McAdoo, CEO and Co-Founder, MacPac Entertainment LLC
  • Ay’Anna Moody, Future Center Project Director, Office of the Mayor – Libby Schaaf
  • Gary Moon, Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners
  • Aaron Ow-Yeang, Partner, Ernst and Young
  • Sara Ponzio, Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company
  • Erin Schaefer, Managing Director of Partner Development and Service, YouTube
  • Maz Sharafi (emeritus), Head of Marketing, WhatsApp
  • Anna Schocket, VP, Talent Development at DocuSign
  • Lindsay Simonds, Principal Consultant, Lindsay Simonds Consulting
  • Smita Topolski, Owner, Page Street Studio
  • Andy Torelli, Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.