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CJ Trowbridge

CJ Trowbridge

Work Experience

Chinatown Community Development Center

Assistant Property Manager August 2022 - April 2023

  • Managed a large non-profit affordable housing project in San Francisco with over 500 residential tenants on top of a floor of commercial space.
  • Assist low-income residents in navigating the complex regulatory and policy frameworks that allow them to access affordable housing and other forms of assistance.
  • Leverage Yardi and other tools to facilitate daily operations.
  • Focused on building relationships with team members across departments and throughout the organization


Product Support Administrator June 2021 - August 2021 (Between Semesters)

  • Develop and leverage comprehensive knowledge of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and products.
  • Manage sales channels and schedule order fulfillment based on manufacturing schedules across hundreds of product lines.

GRID Alternatives

Summer Internship June 2021 - August 2021

  • Trained and certified for installing home solar power and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Learned to leverage these skills plus funding sources to provide free or affordable solar power infrastructure, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and even electric vehicles for people in marginalized communities.

Tech 2U

Lead Software Engineer April 2013 - June 2017

  • Led a team building a proprietary web-based front-end for a legacy CRM.
  • Developed marketing automation tools which brought in over a million dollars a year in new revenue.
  • Developed audit automation tools.
  • Developed KPI dashboards.

Sequoia Equities

Intrapreneur September 2011 – May 2012

  • Transformed a failed cafe into a thriving business with 1600% growth and a 50% profit margin.
  • Developed relationships with customers and vendors like Starbucks, Sysco, and others.
  • New food carts brought in an average of $2,000 per week, with 75% profit.


2008 - 2014

  • Playbook Trainer: I led implementation of scalable labor algorithms in the Sacramento market.
  • Coffee Master: I led my partners in product knowledge and identifying sales opportunities.
  • Learning Coach, Barista Trainer: I trained new employees at some of the nation's busiest stores in Portland and Sacramento by developing customized employee development based on individual learning styles.

Volunteer Work

Share The Land Trust (link)

Member; Flat Organization April 2023 - Present

  • Filmed a television show for a major network about how to fund and build free communities.
  • Raised funds, bought land under a nonprofit land trust which we created, built free homes and infrastructure.
  • This was my sixth time doing this or something like it, but the first time it will be televised.
  • Took the lead on the new website, designed to incorporate all the lessons we've learned on how to do what we do.
  • Lead implementation of a new artificial intelligence which knows and understands everything about what we do in order to write content for the website and chat with visitors to answer detailed questions.

The People's Project: The Permaculture Mutual Aid Network (link)

Member; Flat Organization April 2021 - Present

  • Build, manage, and facilitate website and social media presence for The Permaculture Mutual Aid Network.
  • This program or The People's Project fundraises and purchases lands to put in land trust.
  • We create free and open intentional communities where anyone can come and live sustainably, or just visit and learn about the process.
  • I personally specialize in sustainable off-grid infrastructure development.

Open AI

Early Academic Tester Fall 2021 - Present

  • Even before I was officially a graduate student in AI at SFSU, I was selected as an early academic tester for OpenAI’s new products before they are released to the general public. I had already been using their base models for some time in undergrad.
  • My early academic test work included products like GPT-3, GPT-3.5, GPT-3.5-instruct, GPT-3.5-turbo, Chat With GPT 3 (Now ChatGPT), Dall-E 2, GPT-4, etc.

AcademySTAY, Three Strands Global Foundation

Volunteer AI Educator Spring 2022 - Present

  • I volunteer teaching members of several nonprofits to use AI tools like the GPT base models for document completion in order to amplify content creation for program, marketing, and brainstorming.
  • Regularly help employees problem solve everything from their OpenAI accounts to improvingtheir prompt engineering skills for ChatGPT and GPT4All.

Burners Without Borders (link)

Regional Co-Chair February 2020 - Present

  • Lead an organization developing local disaster response and mutual aid efforts, particularly with regard to addressing the infrastructure needs of unhoused people in the Bay Area.
  • Build and educate the public about solar power systems.
  • Build and manage electrical microgrids for SF street events, Burning Man neighborhoods, and experimental communities across the country.

Comfort & Joy

Communications, EDI, Power Grid Operations May 2018 - May 2023

  • Fundraising for years through various channels to pay for needed services and materials for the Paiute and Ohlone tribes.
  • Founding member and Chair of EDI committee "Big Queer Tent" as an ad-hoc of Communications Committee.
  • Power grid team member, orchestrating power grid operations at Burning Man and events in the city.
  • DJ at events like Afterglow and Freak Chic.

Sierra College Sociology Department

Internship August 2019 - December 2019

  • Conducted complex meta-analysis of thousands of demographic permutations to identify which groups are most impacted by challenges affecting success.


San Francisco State University - Lam Family College of Business 2022 - Present

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • A second simultaneous graduate degree in Ethical Artificial Intelligence

San Francisco State University 2020-2021

  • Bachelors in Urban Studies and Planning
  • A Minor in Queer Ethnic Studies.

Sierra College 2017-2020

Highest Honors, Dean’s List, President’s Honor Roll.

  • Associate’s Degrees in
    • Computer Science
    • Behavioral Science
    • Natural Science with an Emphasis in Astronomy
    • Sociology
    • Social Justice
    • Women’s Studies
    • Arts and Cultures
    • LGBT Studies and Queer Studies with Honors

Industry Awards and Certifications

  • 2020 Merritt Community Capital: Merritt Scholarship, a presitigous scholarship for students working on developing affordable housing.
  • Red Cross Certified for CPR, AED, and First Aid
  • FCC Certified for Radio Technology
  • 2012 Sequoiua Equities Innovation Champion Award Winner