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.
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 co-founded The 313 Project, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting underserved communities to legal, educational, and job training resources. 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 currently a board member of Aspire Education Project, a Bay Area nonprofit working to build educational equity. Aisa is a former instructor of Filipinx American civil rights history, as well as an avid painter and photographer.