Meet our Ann Arbor Launch Committee

February 19, 2024

As Bamboo expands into a new community, we aim to create a hub that supports the existing ecosystem. 

We conduct many 1:1 coffee meetings with community members and leaders for their feedback before selecting a final location. We also take into consideration community feedback from our existing members. In recent years, Bamboo members have selected Ann Arbor, Michigan as the number one city they wanted to see Bamboo open in. 

With the help of local leaders, we’ve put together a launch committee. This group of Bamboo members and partners will guide us to ensure that we’re cultivating programming and offerings that are helpful and relevant to the Ann Arbor community, especially for the small business, startups, and diverse creatives we serve.

Our committee comes from leading accelerators, community groups, founders and builders like us to help build the community together. 

Thank you so much to the committee for volunteering your time to guide us. 

  • Alison Todak- Plymouth Growth, Shine and Rise
  • Kristina Oberly- Signal Advisors, Shine and Rise
  • Katelyn Kelly Schwartz- Lilac Arbor Creative Studio, Shine and Rise
  • Emily Dabish Yahkind - SolSummit Wine
  • Trista Van Tine- Michigan Founders Fund, Startup Founder
  • Tifani Sadek- Zell Entrepreneurship Clinic, University of Michigan Law
  • James Burdine- Bishop Linville
  • Hein Lam- Huck Finch Branding
  • Kamille Tynes- Konnected with Care
  • Jennifer Olmstead- Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Margarita Hernandez- Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Ryan Morrison- Maximize
  • Dylan Back - Maximize
  • Lindsey Kilbride- Detroit Venture Partners
  • Gavin Lichtenberg- University of Michigan Undergrad

Stay up to date on Bamboo Ann Arbor's opening here, and stay tuned for a very special launch week coming up this April.