Aisa is the Associate Director of Policy and Research at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. In this role, she applies her advocacy, law, and policy expertise to Insight’s workforce development and economic security initiatives. Through policy work, stakeholder engagement, and data analysis, she supports Insight’s Self-Sufficiency Standard, a tool that quantifies the costs of basic needs for California’s working families. Her cross-program work also includes legal research, technical assistance, capacity building, and content development.
As an advocate, Aisa is passionate about creating spaces and identifying opportunities to help communities thrive. She draws from nearly ten years of experience in helping to highlight system-wide inequities, drive cross-disciplinary collaboration, and turn strategy into action. As a children’s rights and legal aid attorney in Detroit, Michigan, she co-founded The 313 Project, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting the city’s underserved communities with legal aid, health, education, and job training resources. As a licensed attorney in Michigan and California, Aisa has roots in public benefits, health, juvenile justice, housing, immigration, and child welfare advocacy. A 2011 Skadden Fellow, she received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University.
Prior to joining Insight, Aisa served as an Associate Attorney at Young Minds Advocacy, a nonprofit working to ensure that California’s youth and families receive full access to quality mental health supports. An Oakland resident, Aisa serves as a board member of Aspire Education Project, a nonprofit working to build educational equity across the Bay Area. As a former instructor of Filipinx American civil rights history and policy, she is a supporter of building cross-cultural studies programs across the country. Aisa is an avid painter and photographer, and her artwork is displayed throughout the East Bay.