I live in one of Oakland’s longest-running and most unusual creative spaces. Founded in 1979 by Robert A Schultz, Shadetree has historically been a beacon to artists, musicians, sailors and tradesfolk of every kind during its long, circuitous existence. In the fall of 2016, we were faced with eviction and the demolition of our home to make room for a massive, impending development project underway next door. Thanks to the ingenuity, diligence and perseverance of our residents and the support of our community, however, we formed a nonprofit, SHADE, and raised $2.5M dollars in 11 months and purchased our own home while preserving a key component to Oakland’s waterfront cultural heritage. As a core member of the team that led that campaign, I continue to engineer and write the story of our process, past and present, as we secure our future in the tumultuous financial climate of the bay area.
I also write and maintain the copy for our website, where you can see and hear more of our story.