Desi is a serial entrepreneur. As the managing director of Plinth Agency, he has successfully grown businesses through strategic branding, design, and crowdfunding. He brings 15+ years of experience creating, funding, and branding unique business concepts which span the food, music, technology spaces.
His past achievements include the Summit SF, one of the nation’s first café and co-working spaces and the Poleng Lounge, a Filipino restaurant and nightclub which was named one of SF’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2006.
As a dedicated community advocate, Desi is currently chair leading the economic development of SOMA Pilipinas, a newly designated cultural district in San Francisco. He believes community consciousness and culture are the keys to developing today’s thriving commercial ecosystems.
Gina Mariko Rosales is an events enthusiast, efficiency nerd, dancer, and nonprofit advocate. As the Marketing Events Lead at X (formerly known as Google X), Gina creates opportunities for the community to engage with X and their “moonshot” projects. She is also the Founder of Make it Mariko, a San Francisco event production company focused on creating magical, meaningful moments through events.
As an “entrepinay” born and raised in the Bay Area, Gina is passionate about connecting people, creating art, and building community. She was the former Executive Director of the award-winning nonprofit dance company, Funkanometry SF, where she tripled their membership and annual budget, built two new community programs, and founded their first community showcase, The Sockhop. Gina also spent five years working in the nonprofit sector teaching youth after-school programs and doing outreach and communications for local arts education nonprofits. In her spare time, Gina can be found whacking to disco music, walking her dog Mochi, singing karaoke, and working as a crisis chat volunteer for the Trevor Project.
Music Curator & Marketing Manager
Marky Enriquez aka Proof is heralded as one of the West Coast's DJ elites, throwing game-changing events and spinning coast-to-coast with the hottest selections. As one of the original members of Massive Selector, a San Francisco-based collective of artists, DJs, and entrepreneurs, Marky produces acclaimed events such as Wonder-Full: A Tribute to the Wonders of Stevie, Soul Slam: Prince and Michael Jackson, and the bi-coastal event SFNY.
Professionally, Marky has taken his love of the arts and passion for bringing community together, and turned it into his mission. As a Gallery Director, Marky helped make The Summit, a tech incubator, cafe and art space, one of SF's most exciting new venues to open in 2010. As account manager, Marky took his talents to Flavor Group, an award winning marketing agency where he produced experiential programs for UNIQLO, Scion, Red Bull, Hotel Zetta, and more. Marky is currently the Digital and Interactive Media Manager for CAAM where he created buzz-worthy campaigns for the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films.
SAMMAY (Samantha Peñaflor Dizon) is a Bay Area-based choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performance artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent born and bred in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and now reclaiming space in San Francisco, CA with honor and gratitude to the Ohlone. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from University of California Berkeley. SAMMAY is a kinetic storyteller who engages her body as a vessel for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. When she is not deep in creative collaboration, she is either facilitating writing or movement workshops or teaching through San Francisco Ballet's Dance in Schools and Communities Residency Program in San Francisco Unified School District.
Marketing / Brand Strategist
As a partner and brand strategist at Plinth, Marco has used his creative problem solving skills to build brands in industries including food, hospitality, and event production. He brings 15+ years of experience being part of entrepreneurial projects in various marketing roles.
A native of Southern California, Marco became involved in the Filipino community organizing fellow high school students. As a college student, he honed his writing skills being part of Maganda Art and Literature Magazine.
Marco uses his expertise in brand strategy and copywriting to help entrepreneurs build brands that allow them to thrive in a constantly changing business landscape.
Retail Vendor Curator
A seasoned veteran of the craft vendor scene, Jenn is the owner and designer of Intwined Bows a bespoke bow tie company since 2009 and also a former co-founder and buyer for The Assembly, a retail boutique located in San Mateo, CA. Her passion for the craft and goods scene led her to founding Black Market SF, a secret night market that was hosted in San Francisco for several years.
Retail Vendor Curator
Kevin is a partner at the Overlook Lounge in Oakland, CA and is the organizer of Town Social a quarterly rooftop night market hosted in the same venue. He is also a founder of Black Market SF and a former co-founder of The Assembly. As an entrepreneur and marketer, he is driven to support the local community by creating events that enable other small businesses to thrive.
Merchandise & Social Media
Stephanie Gancayco is a designer, content creator, stylist, and dancer born and raised in the Bay Area. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hella Pinay, a digital magazine celebrating women of Filipina heritage, and also collaborates with Indigenous women artisans in the Philippines to incorporate ancestral techniques and textiles into contemporary ready-to-wear with her brand HALIYA.
With a background in fashion and knitwear design rooted in craft, Stephanie has 10+ years of experience in the apparel and footwear industries in product development, design, production, styling and creative direction. She's worked with leading designers such as Anna Sui, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The IN Magazine, and on NBC Asian America.
In her spare time, Stephanie can be found doing bruha things, nerding out on books, snuggling her dog Waffles, and getting hyphy.
RJ is a veteran event producer, entrepreneur, Dj, and dancer who has created both intimate and epic experiences that move people.
RJ is the founder of the Creative Transit Agency that utilizes a unique blend of creativity, strategy, and execution to create memorable moments.
Anthony “Mogli” Maureal was born on the island of Cebu, in the Philippines. When he was 10 years old, his family immigrated to San Jose, California, where he discovered his passion for extreme sports and a wide array of music. He began drumming at the age of 13 and developed his chops playing in the drumline for his high school’s award-winning marching band. Mogli majored in Sound Arts at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Since graduating, he has been working all over the Bay Area and now internationally as a visual artist, sound artist, composer, and musician. In addition, Mogli has been featured in numerous outlets such as, Quartz, California and is a founding member of the Oakland based band MAD NOISE, as well as the music producer and photographer for the award winning theater, music and film squad RADIX Troupe.You can check out his work at www.themogli.com
Kim Acebo is an educator, cultural worker, curator, and interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and MFA from San Francisco State University where she received the School of Art’s Distinguished Graduate award.
She has been awarded the Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Art Award by the San Francisco Foundation, was Kearny Street Workshop’s Featured Visual Artist in the 2015 APAture Festival, and received grant awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, and Creative Work Fund. You might have seen Kim previously at UNDISCOVERED with the Lola Project, and is excited to be joining the UNDISCOVERED SF Team as the visual arts curator.
Reynaldo T. Novicio Jr.
Reynaldo T. Novicio Jr. also known as Mister REY is a FRISCOPINX artist, music producer, father, community+cultural worker and mental health advocate. Born in Makati City, Philippines, he immigrated to the US when he was 12 years old and moved into the Mission District of San Francisco. As an urban immigrant youth, he adopted a Hip Hop identity that has become the impetus for his activism, and a framework for community. He has collaborated with fellow local heavyweight artists and community workers, including Denizen Kane, Nomi of Power Struggle, RO3LAY and Ruby Ibarra.
In the last 3 years, he has been part of the Barrio Fiesta organizing committee as a Program and Stage Manager. In addition, Rey is experienced in organizing Open Mics. As a member of SPOKES Youth Speaks’ youth board, he has helped produce Final Fridays, an under-21 monthly Open Mic. The experience has allowed him to continue and guide other youth to produce Open Mic in the SoMa and Filipino Community.
This year, Rey was a part APICC FESTIVAL as a Focus Artist where he launched and introduced FRISCOPINX CYPHER.