we are a non NONPROFIT committed to Redefining + Revitalizing BAKERSFIELd’s URBAN CORE

Urban cores across America have been neglected + abandoned for years, but that trend is changing. Cities are realizing that economic health, quality of life + community perception lies within the success of their centers. As Bakersfield sits on the cusp of a boom, things are changing here too.

The urban core of Bakersfield is a diverse + unique area full of opportunities. It encompasses the Rivera, Westchester, Downtown business center, Eastchester, Oleander-Sunset, Old Town Kern, Homaker + La Cresta/Alta Vista.

To support what already exists + to bring new opportunity, The Hub of Bakersfield’s programs + committees guide, support + work with Bakersfield community members + business owners to create a vibrant + healthy urban core.


Board of Directors


Alex Balfour - Senior Director, Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors

David Bantz - Senior Designer, OFFICEUNTITLED • Co-Owner, BantzHAUS

Jorge Barrientos - Director of Marketing + Public Relations, Chain Cohn Stiles

Daniel Cater - Owner + Principal Architect, Cater Design Group

Matt Damian - Vice President, Relationship Manager in the Commercial Lending Group, Tri Counties Bank

Andrae Gonzales - The Hub of Bakersfield Chairman • Bakersfield City Councilman, Ward 2 • CEO, Stewards

Heather Lagenelli - Owner, Locale Farm to Table

Justin Rowe - Associate Manager of Strategy, The Wonderful Company

Anna Smith - Co-Owner, Sage Equities

Austin Smith - Co-Owner, Sage Equities

Gabe Ulloa - Marketing Manager-Central California Service Area, Dignity Health

Jonathan Yates - Associate Manager of Strategy, The Wonderful Company

Kaitlyn Yates - Senior Manager of Community Programming, The Wonderful Company

Rachel Magnus - Curator, Bakersfield Museum of Art

Miranda Whitworth - Marketing + Communications Manager, Thuasne USA