Andreas’s passion for civic engagement began with witnessing racial and economic inequality on the streets of San Francisco, his hometown. In part because his mother is an immigrant from Nicaragua, Andreas became involved in helping local communities, particularly Latinx communities. When studying in Berlin, Andreas witnessed the refugee crisis that was occurring and saw the desperation from young people who wanted to help but had no idea how to begin. Using his experience from working with nonprofits and startups in the transportation and edu-tech sectors, he founded DiveIn to empower would-be community champions to realize their potential to make an impact. In his spare time, Andreas can be found in the outdoors, volunteering, or playing the beautiful game.
Since it ignited on Wednesday night, the Kincade Fire has burned over 66,000 acres (that’s more than twice the size of San Francisco) and prompted the largest evacuation in Sonoma County's history. Nearly 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, at least 96 structures have been destroyed, and 17 damaged, with over 80,000 threatened. Here are ways you can help.
My experience at LTX Fest inspired me to reflect on my personal journey starting DiveIn as a Latino founder, on the incredible talent in the Latinx community, and on the barriers to more success. The Trump era has been hurtful for our people. From a rise in hate-crimes to cages at the border and all the way to unequal access to opportunity, we're facing huge challenges. But I was reminded by the love, intelligence, and determination our community has for each other over the last few days. Sí se puede!
We're proud to announce that we're partnering with the amazing folks over at Sincerely, Hueman. Sincerely, Hueman is a podcast produced by Hueman Group Media and features stories of "kindness in action" through the lens of today’s most inspiring advocates, philanthropists, and change-makers. Tune in over the next month to hear some truly inspiring stories and our special co-branded segment, "Let's DiveIn."
Meet our Founder and CEO Andreas! His main goal is to make civic engagement more accessible to everyone and lower barriers of entry to make an impact. Hear more about his background and journey that inspired DiveIn!