Date of Birth:

January 1979, San Jose, CA




An entrepreneur and businesswoman, mother, community builder and first generation Filipino American, Marie Millares has supported local small businesses since 2010 in San José. She co-owned and managed the downtown boutique, The Usuals, while founding and directing San José Made (SJMADE), a retail platform for makers and artists. Millares’ experience in developing a platform that creates space for hundreds of Bay Area makers and artists continues at MOMENT mini-stores in San Pedro Square. Millares connects communities and sparks ideas while forming partnerships and vibrant public spaces in San José. She is currently the Director of Facilities at Veggielution, a nonprofit where people from diverse backgrounds connect through food and farming to build community in East San José.

Honoree Photo Credit:
Vicki Thompson


Tamiko Rast