In April of 2007, The SOCO Institute was created as a charitable arm of the SOCO Group, a petroleum distribution company headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

The Vision behind of the SOCO Institute is to positively impact the lives of 10 million people - with a specific emphasis on those living in poverty, those suffering unjustly, and/or those facing disadvantages in a relational, educational, or financial way.

What We Do

We work with individuals and organizations, through a variety of means, to help them thrive in their unique work. A few of the ways we do this are by:

  1. Hosting quarterly “Best Practice” meetings.
  2. Hosting resources on our website which point to specific educational tools: a)for people working in non-profit organizations to be better equipped and effective; b) for individuals to become economically self sustainable; c) for people working in business to thrive
  3. Funding special projects
  4. Providing a “Prime Movers in Residency” program designed to help support individuals who are caring for others in a variety of projects.
  5. Mentoring women and men in transition from significant life changes such as retirement, career changes, and coming back to work after significant trauma.

Why We Do What We Do

Out of gratitude for the lives God has given us, we have committed to connecting people, their passions, and resources in a way that transforms lives and ultimately glorifies the One to whom we owe our lives. 

Who We Are




Scott & Carolyn McOwen

John and Kimberly Yim

Kristin & Rani Massamiri



Peb Jackson

Consultant for Peb Jackson Associates, Past Executive vice-president of Saddleback Church, and former senior vice president of Focus on the Family, Promise Keepers and Young Life International.


Tom O’Brien

Retired Dean of Isenberg School of Management, Umass Amherst


Joseph A. Maciarello

Horton Professor of Management, Drucker Graduate School of Management