Brisa Aviles is an Urban Futures Lab Fellow at Public Matters and a 2019 graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where she majored in International Development Studies and minored in both Urban Planning and Environmental Systems. She is passionate about community development and environmental justice. Raised in San Ysidro, California, one of the most polluted cities in San Diego, Brisa wants to create impactful storytelling and advocacy in communities who are targets of environmental racism. She is excited to work with Public Matters to deepen her understanding of Los Angeles and explore the integration of visual arts in community development. Outside of Public Matters Brisa works as a community liaison and social media specialist with The River Project, a nonprofit organization focused on watershed restoration for the LA River. She has experience with workshop facilitation, translation and engaging with underrepresented Latinx communities. As an aspiring urban planner, Brisa aims to prioritize community voice and agency in order to build equitable and sustainable cities. Apart from saving the world, on her spare time Brisa enjoys upscaling antiques from thrift stores, tending to her plants, and going to music festivals and concerts with her friends.