Two Join Chamber’s Board of Directors


    The Orinda Chamber of Commerce is growing, adding two board members to their business networking group.
    Meet Silvio Dobrovat and Christina Linezo, both working in the housing sector, but from different perspectives.
    Dobrovat is a licensed contractor who owns Hometelligent, a company which designs and builds accessory dwelling units (ADU)s. He grew up working alongside his father and took over the family business in 2000.
    A native of Romania, he moved to the United States with his family at the age of nine and grew up in the East Bay area.
    In 2021 Dobrovat, his wife and children moved from Pleasant Hill and bought an Orinda home built in 1906. Last updated in 1933, they are restoring the home with a lot of modernization to be done.
    His two children attend Miramonte High School and on weekends, the family is typically boating at Lake Berryessa.
    Giving and supporting charitable organizations is huge for Dobrovat. He is passionate about supporting Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), an Anaheim organization which fights child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
    On joining the Chamber Board, Dobrovat said he aims to get to know other leaders.
    “I’m involved in a lot of different business ventures and want to see how I can contribute in any way,” he said.
    Realtor Linezo, a native of Pensacola, Florida, lives in Orinda with her partner Dan Bartlett, who grew up here. She loves living on the coast and considers herself a beach-lover, listing scuba diving among her many hobbies.
    Linezo serves clients as a Realtor with Village Associates, but her career background is in teaching. She majored in art education and taught in K-12, then eventually worked at a children’s museum where she designed and implemented an early children’s program.
    The idea of moving to real estate came from a good friend, an agent, who said the most successful real estate agents are people who master customer service, such as teachers, former bartenders and servers. Teachers, she said, can help break down and guide clients through these often life-changing events.
    “It’s the educational aspect,” said Linezo. “I don’t consider myself a salesperson. I’m educating my clients.”
    Linezo said she enjoys being an advocate for her clients, guiding them through the complicated and extensive home-buying and selling process. Her desire is to make the experience run as smoothly and stress-free as possible.
    She joined the chamber board to contribute.
    “I enjoy connecting with my community and there wasn’t a better way to meet other business owners and promote the community of Orinda,” she said.
    The Orinda Chamber of Commerce serves Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Its mission is to promote businesses in the area by providing communication, information and events which benefit the local residents. Visit

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