After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Information Systems, Allen started his career in technology then began to find his passion for eCommerce and helping people connect with the brands and products they love.  He launched two brands for American Eagle Outfitters: and After developing an eCommerce brand strategy for GNC, he worked as VP of Technology, Supply Chain and Distribution at  
Ayaka graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Communication Design and Human Computer Interaction.  Right out of college she and several classmates started their own venture specializing in youth education design.  From working with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood's company Family Communication, her team received an Honorable Mention in I.D. Magazine's 2002 48th Annual Design Review for their innovation in the design research process.
Although most recently Allen produced a film on Jeremy Lin, Linsanity, through his wife Ayaka's work in East Palo Alto at New Creation Home Ministries they felt the call to serve those in underprivileged communities.  Through Allen's eCommerce experience and Ayaka's heart for the marginalized, they committed to TLMade with Amanda with the hope to bring transformation in The Tenderloin.

Amanda Phelps is a Southern California native with a love for the ocean, social change, and creating art. With a B.A. in Creative Advertising and Visual Art from Southern Methodist University, Amanda has worked as a designer in both the surf and apparel industry. Most recently, she started a business that partners with World Vision called RESURFACE Art, painting custom surfboards to raise funding and awareness to bring clean water to African communities in need. 

Amanda moved to San Francisco in August of 2012. Shortly after moving to the city, she and her husband Will found themselves drawn to the Tenderloin, developing relationships with the residents and trying to understand the needs of the community. Amanda’s love for art and social justice collided when she was introduced to Allen and Ayaka Lu, who shared the same vision to create jobs and bring restoration to the people in the Tenderloin.

In January 2014, Amanda moved on from TL Made to fulfill her dream of becoming an incredible mom.



 San Francisco City Impact is a non profit organization that has served the inner city of San Francisco for 31 years. We exist to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. To see the inner city restored, it takes three types of works: relief for those in urgent need, rehabilitation for those wanting a way out, and development to break the cycles of poverty and despair. We offer many services and programs for the community including a rescue mission, dining room, food bank, private elementary & middle school, recovery home, social enterprise businesses, volunteer center, and leadership school. 

TL Made is a ministry of SF City Impact.