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About Us

Taste of Oakland Fest is brought to you by Youth Aid, in partnership with Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development. This music-tech festival is presented by Oakland’s native, D’Wayne Wiggins, a philanthropist, music business educator, Grammy winning R&B artist, record producer, and founding member and leader of the legendary Tony! Toni! Toné!.

Taste of Oakland Fest celebrates Oakland’s and the greater Bay Area’s unique and innovative culture of independent and iconic musicians, artists, and tech innovators.

This signature event, nestled in the beautiful park setting of Oakland’s historic Dunsmuir House, is an ideal networking opportunity with a substantial, sophisticated, and diverse audience who appreciate your commitment to our community.

From boasting an amazing musical lineup throughout the day, local culinary creations, artificial intelligence, data science, and coding boot camps, to children’s entertainment, sports clinics and group dancing, Taste of Oakland Fest instantly puts your organization, company, products, or services in front of consumers who, like yourself, enjoy good entertainment, good food, and supporting their local community through benefiting the kids.

Meet the Team

D'Wayne Wiggins

Musician and Founder, Youth Aid

Grammy Award winning artist D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné! serves as Youth Aid's Creative Director and has been instrumental in establishing the foundation of the organization. As a community advocate he demonstrates his belief that music is one of the most effective tools in preventing young adults from being caught up in the cycle of violence; providing opportunities to the next generation of musicians and artists.

Frances Goodson

Executive Director, Youth Aid

Frances has over 20 years' experience working with nonprofit organizations, spearheading and coordinating city and state wide programs, activities and events. She has coordinated events with Danny Glover, was a board member of the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar and has multiple years of experience in the field of music and arts. She has a heartfelt, deep appreciation for Youth Aid's mission of serving and mentoring the youth community at large and is excited about being a part of the the growth and future expansion of the organization.

Ayori Selassie

Selfpreneur & Salesforce

Ayori Selassie is the creator of Life Model Design, a methodology used to solve complex life problems using design thinking. As the inventor of Life Model Canvas® (a framework to design your life), Selassie is a globally recognized thought leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist and innovator. Selassie currently works as a Product Marketing Manager on Einstein at Salesforce delivering artificial intelligence for everyone.
Selassie leverages over eighteen years of software engineering, technology and consulting experience serving as a trusted adviser for startups and medium sized businesses.