Born and raised in San Diego, Brisa completed an associate’s degree in Black studies from San Diego Community College District and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to her work in civic engagement with United Domestic Workers, she spearheaded the creation of the San Diego Black Worker Center, a nonprofit organization seeking to build a more equitable economy for Black workers across the diaspora through organized people power, workers’ rights advocacy and educational resources to empower and sustain the Black Worker Justice Movement. Here, she shares with us the importance of remembering your roots and paying it forward.
Why are you passionate about workforce development?
My passion for workforce development comes from the opportunities I have been given to continue to grow and excel within the workforce. I wouldn’t be in the position I was in if someone didn’t care enough to open doors for me and pull me up beside them. My entire livelihood and ability to provide for my family came because someone used their power and platform to give me a chance to succeed. It’s not only important I pay it forward, but it is essential I continue to create opportunity and chances for folks to reach their full potential because they deserve it!
What do you like best about being on the Workforce Development Board?
What I like best about being on the Workforce Development Board and is knowing that I am able to be a voice for so many who are impacted by the current workforce landscapes, but have been left out of so many rooms and discussion about it. It’s important for me to stay rooted and grounded in the needs and perspective of the most venerable and underrepresented communities so I can stand up for them and advocate for them on the Workforce Partnership board.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I truly enjoy traveling and submerging myself into new cultures. I learn so much more about myself stepping outside of my familiar environment. I also love music in all forms. I can sit for hours at home listening to new music and nothing can compare to live music. I truly believe that music is what feelings sound like, and I value the emotions I am able to processes through songs.