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The Team

Maris Lidaka – Founder

Maris Lidaka is the founder of The Blended Future Project. Born in Oak Park, IL he is of African-American and Latvian heritage, and has spent the past 20 years working in the entertainment industry in a variety of capacities for large companies such as Disney, Warner Bros, AT&T and Verizon. He created The Blended Future Project to empower the experience of being multiracial and multicultural. With the ultimate goal to create a larger space for empathy and understanding.


Beth Chin – Director of Events

Beth Chin was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and was seventeen when she co-founded her first non-profit organization with her friends in high school, earning them the President’s Volunteer Service Award from Barack Obama. Graduating early in three and a half years, Chin received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication & Media Studies with a minor in Art & Design from DePaul University.

She is the creator of Re-Mixed – A Multicultural Festival which had it’s inaugural event on January 16th, 2021 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday as well as Kamala Harris become the first multiethnic woman of color to be sworn into the presidency.

She will be working with The Blended Future Project to create more events and bring greater community in the years ahead.