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Meet the 2016 Fellow: Anna Bagirov

Anna Bagirov, Internet Marketing Specialist at PropertyMinder


Anna has spent the last 10 years studying and practicing marketing, communications, and writing. Born in the former USSR, Anna immigrated with her family to San Jose in 1989 and spent almost her entire life working, studying, and living in San Jose. She was drawn to art early. She attended Notre Dame High School and graduated in 2002. There she had excellent teachers who pushed her to be a better writer. Her Russian family instilled in her the importance of knowledge of art in its many forms: dance, painting, poetry, and writing, but also instilled in her the importance of balance between studying and have a healthy social life.

She attended UC Davis 2006, spent a year abroad in England and travelling around Europe. In 2006 she entered the tech world, saw the company through its IPO. It was not fulfilling. In 2007 after being one of many to be laid off from her job as the recession began, she happily began her Masters at SJSU and graduating with an MS in Mass Communications. There she reconnected with her love of writing, journalism, and began fostering her social media voice.

In the last 2 and half years, she has immersed herself in the artistic culture of San Jose's blossoming cultural renaissance and has tackled her lifelong ambition to be a writer. She has become a local writer and blogger and amateur photographer. She has contributed to Content Magazine, The Metro, and began a personal project to highlight downtown San Jose's SoFA District's creative people, places, and accomplishments. She is determined to show the world San Jose's quality impact on the creative scene. She has connected with business owners, photographers, musicians, DJs, bands, and writers in the SoFA District to better understand her community, its trends, and its needs. She does her best to attend as many events in the SoFA District and several other parts of downtown San Jose to support the scene, record it, and observe it. She loves to interview and learn about the many subcultures in SoFA. Her articles have covered musicians, artists, venues, bands, painters, and local business people from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic genres. Recently, she began a personal project to promote SoFA's bubbling art scene and nightlife. She named it SoFASloane. This project is a combination of her love of art, writing, marketing, the nightlife scene, and in meeting people.


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