Adriana hails originally from Brazil having moved to San Francisco in 2001 to complete a master’s degree in iTV design. A few years later she made Southern CA her home settling first in Burbank for 10 years, and currently Glendale for the past five.
She loves going out, discovering new things, meeting people and socializing but mostly she enjoys hanging out with her husband and two children, frequenting the beaches as well as local events.
As a creative person, Adriana has always been involved in innovation, exploring ways to organize content to delight users. She is also all about building connections and strengthening her local community, so it is no surprise that she combined her talents and community commitment to found Lupn, a city-wide community calendar sponsored by local governments. First launched in Glendale in 2018 Lupn advertises 100+ free weekly events from the city of Glendale and its partners such as the Alex Theater, plus discounted tickets from Goldstar.
Adriana also admits to a sweet tooth and as is the case with most Brazilians, her favorite desert is Brigadeiro, which is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles covering the outside layer. Yum!
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I love bringing people together. I believe together we cannot only build better communities but also improve our lives emotionally. Strong community connections are essential to good health, enabling us to thrive in this fast paced world. And that is what I’m trying to do with Lupn. Local cities offer a wide variety of services and public spaces for free for us to get together, learn, enjoy, and share. Lupn is a community calendar with free events and programs offered by local governments and partners.
What are the top three things you love about your neighborhood?
Glendale is truly a Jewel City. It’s the city with the greatest number of free events and programs in the entirity of LA county. We have over 100 free events from story time to homework help, free citizenship classes to resume writing, knitting, art & craft classes, computer basics and a huge quantity of fantastic free summer concerts and other big public events. We live in the Rossmoyne area, up north, and it’s beautiful.
What about The Urban Helper’s mission resonates with you?
The Urban Helper goes beyond just an exchange of services, both paid and exchanged, between neighbors. It has the potential to have a profound impact on a much bigger problem our society suffers from today - depression. New technology brings us so many benefits but at the same time we’re becoming more and more isolated in our own little bubbles. Just like Lupn, The Urban Helper is bringing people together, so they can share their lives and help each other.