Kieron Sinnette Biography

Kieron Sinnette 
Founder 

Kieron Sinnette was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to the United States when he was 16 to attend college in Houston. 
 
In 2001 he bought a one-way Greyhound ticket and made his way from Houston to San Francisco. He’d recently come out, and Houston didn’t feel like home anymore. He was afraid, excited, hopeful, but ultimately unprepared. Within three weeks he’d spent all his money on lodging, food, and other expenses. Kieron was 18, in a great new city, homeless but still hopeful, and looking for a fresh start among other gay people.
 
During his first week being homeless, Kieron spent his days looking through online job posts at the main branch of the public library, and nights sleeping on a chair at a shelter on Fell Street. One evening, a staff member referred him to the Larkin Street Youth Shelter for young adults aged 16-24 where as long as he abided by the rules, he was guaranteed three meals per day, guidance counseling, job search assistance, and an opportunity to earn spending money sweeping and picking up trash on Polk and Larkin Streets. And so for six months he called Larkin Street Youth Shelter his home. 
 
On his nineteenth birthday, Kieron left Larkin Street Youth Shelter. He’d recently been offered a job at Cal Fed Bank in the Marina. From there, he continued gaining experience in operations and finance working for Oppenheimer and Company, Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bank, and as the Finance Director at Paul Mitchell The School Honolulu. 
 
In 2011, he was hired to manage operations for the Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA), bringing together his experience in finance with his love for San Francisco. In this role, he witnessed the impact that an active and well-organized merchants association can have in growing and sustaining locally-owned businesses. As a result he launched ProLocal SF on January 1, 2013 with his first 4 clients, PDMA, Mission Creek Merchants Association, LocalOn, and The Ramp Restaurant. 
 
After 4 years of promoting and advocating for locally owned businesses, Kieron ceased ProLocal SF operations on July 1, 2015. Faced with a growing number of personal crises directly following his divorce, coupled with the numerous operational and organizational changes ProLocal was undergoing as a result of the process overhaul, Kieron opted to close ProLocal SF on a high note rather than risk damaging the reputation he'd dedicated his life to building, by attempting to address any or all these sudden challenges. Over the course of those 4 years, Kieron hired a total of 12 employees and contractors, contracted over 25 merchants associations, over 10 small businesses, grew revenue from $66K (first year) to 6 figure revenues (second and subsequent years), became a Freemason, and was appointed to a number of local executive boards and city committees. 
 
Kieron decided to join the US Navy immediately after relocating to Boston, MA. Taking the US Armed Forces oath of enlistment on December 9, 2015 and going active duty on February 10, 2016. His time in the military was short lived, as during training in Great Lakes IL, he was diagnosed with Keratoconus and separated from the Navy after 40 days on March 23, 2016. It wasn't all bad news, as Kieron became one of the elite Separated Seamen Recruits to earn a coveted Bravo Zulu while in separation proceedings. He was awarded this merit in recognition of his work as his division's Religious Petty Officer. 
 
After Navy separation, Kieron spent a couple months in Charlotte, NC. While there he enlisted the services of Daniel D. Christmann, J.D. to help him remove the conditions on his US residency. He has since received an extension on his conditional resident status. Kieron returned to Boston on May 14, 2016, and is still working with the team at The Law Office of Christmann Legal Immigration Law to obtain regular permanent residency. He hopes to begin the citizenship process by January 2018.
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