We are a team of POC event professionals committed to curating magical, meaningful moments through events.

Founder & Chief Experience Officer

Genevieve roja
Genevieve roja

Event Director

chelsea hanepen
chelsea hanepen

Sales & Operations

Stephanie Gancayco
Stephanie Gancayco

Marketing Manager



Born in LA, raised in the Bay. During her free time, Tawny loves to bake, DIY crafts, and binge-watch anything on Netflix. But most importantly she loves to spend time with her family.

Tawny has two little ones who keep her sane and drive her insane, but she truly wouldn’t change it for the world.

Obsessed with pizza, all types. Frozen, homemade, delivery, you name it. Always down for margaritas. Planning weddings all started when she planned her own in 2017. Ever since then, she fell in love with the entire role and couldn’t be more confident with knowing that this job is perfect for her, her lifestyle, and her personality.


Charmaine is a Bay-area native, born in San Francisco and later raised in Hercules. She grew up in a large family (and has 8 siblings!) so parties and gatherings were common.

Planning came naturally to her, and she’s the Virgo friend that organizes group dinner reservations, looks for the best flight deals, and is always searching for something to do on the weekends. She loves all things food! Whether that’s trying new restaurants and bars or making an elaborate meal at home, she’s always down for the wine & dine. She even picked up bread baking during lockdown.

Charmaine recently moved back to the East Bay and has been spending time renovating and decorating her house, fully embracing her Martha Stewart era! She started her career in bridal fashion, having worked as an event assistant, and is now fully embraced in the event world.


Mayette was born and raised in the Bay Area (East Bay to be exact and hasn’t left since). She was also born in the month May, hence the name – big Taurus energy!

She’s a natural planner by heart, think Type-A: organized & methodical. She wanted to bring her skills to POC Wedding Party to help foster more representation in the wedding space, and learn from the community as well.

During her free time, she enjoys easy, slow runs, going on coffee dates with her soon-to be husband, trying out the newest restaurants on Yelp (she was a former Yelp Elite for 3 consecutive years), and playing with her senior doggo, Hendrix.


Sabrina was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is a Bay Area girl to the core. She feels so lucky to live in and be a part of a community rich in diversity and pride.

Growing up biracial, Sabrina is passionate about equity and inclusion in all aspects of life. She’s always had a knack for planning and coordination, but her earliest memory of wedding planning inspiration was watching Jennifer Lopez in “The Wedding Planner.”

Sabrina has been in the industry for over five years and has loved every minute of it! What she cherishes the most are the relationships she has built with clients and vendors.

In her spare time you can catch her cheering for the Dubs, reading a good book, sipping on iced coffee, or spending time with her girls!


Julia is a fiery Yay Area native hailing from the neighborhood of Visitacion Valley – viz valley represent! In addition to POCWP, she is also a Personal Trainer, a Hyphy Events Specialist, and a community mama to everyone that enters her orbit.

With an Aries Sun and a Pisces Moon, she is a highly sensitive individual who allows her intuition to drive her creativity. Julia’s background in the performing arts, non-profit, and hospitality industries have allowed her to develop a niche eye for storytelling in everything that she plans. Pleasure activism is her guiding compass in life, and the events industry continues to be a beautiful incubator for that.

When she’s not busy working on DIY projects in her childhood home, you can find her nerding out over the Racist Sandwich podcast, cuddling her 12 year old cat Puzzles, and day-dreaming in a wabi-sabi style cafe over freshly toasted bread.

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