By combining fun, social good experiences with education, impact and financial gain, we cultivate community around worthy causes and move the needle in sustained engagement and influencer exposure.
At SameSide, our mission is two-fold.
One, we want to inspire people to host experiences that make the world a better place, and help our hosts earn money in the process.
And two, we want to inspire people to attend those experiences – to turn off the TV for a night, get out of the house, and go be a part of something amazing.
Our goal is to reach the millions of people who want to “get involved” and “do good” but aren’t sure where to begin, or feel like they just don’t have time.
At SameSide, we believe that getting involved doesn’t necessarily mean “marching in a protest” or “attending a fundraiser.” There are lots of other ways to make a positive contribution. We want to show people hundreds of options they hadn’t considered before.
Our core mission is to inspire people to “get up and do something.” Big, small, close to home, or across the country…just find something that excites you and do it.
So what are you waiting for? Make plans. Make memories. Make a difference.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”
-Jack Kerouac, On The Road
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
David knows what it’s like to embark on a new adventure and the importance of service. During a career in finance, David couldn’t stand to see his fellow countrymen fight for his country without him. At 30 years old, David left the finance world to enlist as a Navy SEAL where he spent 6 years. After leaving the military David went on to work in business operations at Twitter, Shuddle and Airbnb. Prior to his career in finance, David worked as a software engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as well as a subsidiary of JP Morgan.
David holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and a Specialization in Computer Programming.
David’s ideal experience involves surfing his favorite local break with his wife outside of Los Angeles followed by the best darn tacos in the world at his favorite taco stand. He is waiting for his son to get a little older so he can share it with him.
Nicole is a serial adventurist, chasing gut feelings that have taken her around the world and back again. After a stint in Sydney Australia and four years in San Francisco working for a venture capital firm, Nicole picked up and moved to Shanghai, China to finally put into use the Mandarin she had studied for years. After working for a European start-up in Shanghai, Nicole came back to LA, her hometown, and worked for LA Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti satisfying her desire for greater civic engagement. Nicole has run her own international business development firm since 2013.
Nicole received a bachelors degree from UCLA and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she was named the John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow.
Nicole’s ideal experience usually involves a robust glass of wine and action to empower women to be the leaders they were meant to be.
Director of Markets & Strategy – Los Angeles
Orrin Whalen works as the Director of Markets and Strategy for SameSide. He studied Theatrical Design at Emerson College in Boston where he discovered November Project, a fitness movement that encourages free fitness for all. It was here that he discovered his love for people, though the west coast was calling him back home so he moved to famed Tinseltown. Feeling the absence of November Project he created and lead the LA chapter in 2014 forming a new community in LA. In 2016 he moved to Iceland to work as a glacier guide and fulfill his inner adventurer. Returning back to LA he felt a need to encourage people to explore not just new experiences, but also their views and new ways to express them. Sameside’s mix of political action with music, arts and culture was the perfect combination. He believes in the best of all people and truly believes that the power of one can have a huge impact.