High School sweethearts Marc and Mari started Shift Local in March 2012 to engage the SF Bay Area  to support independent, locally-owned businesses (“ILOBs”) and build a stronger local economy.  To do this, Shift Local collaborates with ILOBs  in implementing fun and rewarding social campaigns, contests and events to encourage the SF Bay Area to shift spending from big box stores and national chains to supporting mom and pop shops.


Marc and Mari met through a mutual friend during their freshmen year of high school. They went on to attend college at UC Berkeley together.

Mari had her eyes set on law school.  After after majoring in Ethnic Studies and Education at Cal, she obtained her law degree from UC Hastings.  Marc, on the other hand, was not totally sure about what he wanted to do “when he grows up” and decided to take some time off.  He worked in real estate/banking  for several years while taking some business courses at a local community college.  After obtaining a certificate in Entrepreneurship, he went back to Cal to get his Bachelor’s in Religious Studies.

Today, Mari is trial lawyer who represents clients in complex litigation and employment matters.  She serves on the board of the Filipino American Bar Association and regularly volunteers at free legal clinics.  Marc is a marketing consultant and serves as a board member for the Sustainable Business Alliance which runs the Oakland Grown program.

Marc and Mari both enjoy running around Lake Merritt and hiking scenic trails.  Marc enjoys checking fantasy sports and practicing American Sign Language. Mari loves to throw baby/wedding showers and practices yoga whenever she can.

Marc and Mari are proud residents of Oakland, CA.


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