Aisa Villarosa is the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She applies her law and policy expertise to Insight’s workforce development and economic security initiatives. Through policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and data analysis, she supports Insight’s Family Needs Calculator (formerly the Self-Sufficiency Standard), a tool that quantifies the costs of basic needs for California’s working families. Her cross-program work includes legal research, technical assistance, capacity building, and content development. Through equity-led messaging and storytelling, Aisa creates publications and trainings to break down harmful narratives and seed individual and collective growth.
Drawing from over a decade of experience in addressing racial and gender inequity, Aisa is passionate about identifying opportunities to help people thrive. As a children’s rights and legal aid attorney in Detroit, Michigan, she led educational campaigns while teaching youth organizing and legislative advocacy. A former Skadden Fellow, she received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University.
Aisa’s interdisciplinary expertise includes health, employment, immigration, and criminal justice advocacy. She is a former instructor of Filipinx American civil rights history, inspired by organizers of the Bay Area’s Third World Liberation Front and activists who sought justice following the murder of Detroiter Vincent Chin. Out of the office, Aisa volunteers with art and community initiatives including children’s book illustrations with Chapter 510 and mural painting in the East Bay.