Living in Oakland, California reminds me in many ways of growing up in Durham, North Carolina. My favorite memories of living in NC were: playing basketball year-round all through high school, summer vacations in Myrtle Beach and, last but not least, the epic annual church picnic in Lumberbridge, the town that my dad’s family is from. I’m proud to say that within my family we span several cultures: American, Turkish, Thai, Dutch, Vietnamese, Israeli, Polish, Japanese, and also Chinese! My brother and I were both born in Thailand and soon after I came along my family and I moved to Qatar for a couple years before settling permanently in the States. The most unexpected gift of growing up in such diverse environments with equally diverse loved ones has been how much I’ve learned about the common things we all cherish and value, no matter where we are from. This is one of the biggest reasons social equity and ecological resilience is a passion of mine and why DIG Coop has been the ideal environment for me to put passion into practice.
Not only does DIG’s work give residents and businesses the power to decrease their freshwater usage, but our cooperative provides fair wages and a high level of decision-making power to our worker-owners. I received my BSBA in International Business and became a self-taught designer after college by blending technical coursework, hands-on training in natural building and long-term internships with high-impact, socially-driven organizations in the Bay Area. As the newest worker-owner at DIG, I am so grateful to be part of an organization where I can put my unique skills to work as the Business Manager while being supported in growing my design expertise in this critically important field. I am excited to be part of building a company whose values I strongly align and we look forward to the chance to take our coop to the next level with the help of KivaZip!