Josh is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in college, a nonprofit aimed to fund student-led service projects. His second venture was the first online network to track and validate student volunteer hours. Over the past 10 years, he worked with global nonprofits helping young entrepreneurs take action and create impact. Prior to starting QØ, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, an organization that promotes a global culture of youth initiated positive change. Josh earned his bachelor’s degree from Westmont College where he graduated cum laude with three degrees in economics and business, communication studies, and social science.
Josh loves urban cycling, playing Kubb, and taking his toddler, Quincy, to the beach with his wife, Lucy.
Sergio Hernandez, Program Manager
Sergio leads the logistics for the startup camp. His creativity and innovative spirt is expressed in his ability to foster strategic connections and build authentic community through new programs and events, which encourages leadership and diversity. He has a wealth of experience working with students, specifically in higher education, where he creates his alma mater’s national young alumni association and develops Wesmont College’s thriving student alumni association. He also established the T-CAMP foundation in Santa Barbara, which allows local college students to tutor and mentor elementary students in need. He also received his MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. When Sergio is not on the basketball court or watching sporting events, he enjoys international travel to find his new favorite restaurant or ice cream parlor.
Devin Barbin, Associate - QØ Lab
Devin is inspired by the heart and potential that young people have to change the world. Through her previous work in coordinating youth leadership programming, she has grown a strong enthusiasm for cultivating students’ opportunities to invest in their passions and interests. In the past few years, she has gained immersive experience with startups in the social impact and nonprofit space. Devin graduated cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Entrepreneurship.
Devin is studying the art of becoming a home barista, but her favorite places to enjoy a cup of coffee are in the mountains or next to a campfire.
Hailey Tuesday, Community Team Member
Hailey has a passion for helping others and seeing them flourish. She is an internationally certified mentor and uses this to mentor, tutor, facilitate, motivate, and encourage students at the University of Hawaii, where she is also earning her masters degree. Hailey graduated cum laude from Westmont College with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Spanish. She is BLS CPR and AED certified and has served on medical missions trips to Mexico and Bolivia. She volunteers in the nursery and has worked with students of all ages. She is excited to work with the students of Quarter Zero and help them learn, experience, and grow in their passion.
James Lopez, Community Team Member
James is currently a rising Sophomore at Westmont College majoring in Data Analytics and Computer Science. This year, James and handful of his fellow students were tasked as Salesforce Developers – for Westmont College to reinvent a key part of the technical infrastructure which is setting a precedent for Higher Ed. In this same spirit, James believes that young individuals hold great potential to innovate and set precedents in their respective communities going forward. As a student leader in Student Alumni Association, James has connected with many professionals and is currently being mentored by a handful of them. Through these experiences, James is excited to show the value of networking and mentorships contribute to both personal and professional growth. He is very excited to contribute to youth empowerment at QØ this summer!
Tanner Begin, Alumni Success Team + Content Lead
Tanner brings his creative energy to the marketing team by managing the social media and by contributing to other marketing content initiatives. As an entrepreneur himself, he has experience in creating a personal brand image primarily through social media. Tanner has worked extensively with students of all ages in varying capacities; from leading middle schoolers on backpacking trips in the Sierras to taking college students on educational immersion trips to inner city Los Angeles and Chicago, he has received immense joy from helping students learn new things about themselves and the world. Tanner is excited to continue providing students with opportunities to learn more about themselves in his role at QØ.
Tanner enjoys engaging in global politics, following the latest internet trends, and eating at the newest restaurants in town.