Our Story

Who we are

Daisy Rosales and Aaron Rosales are co-founders of Brio. Together, our passion for thriving communities, mental health, social innovation and building cultural bridges led us to launch Brio’s first pilot in 2018.

Throughout this journey, we have learned from our partners and their communities that compassionate healing is mutual and courage is essential. We are honored that, through Brio, we can walk with them everyday.

Daisy Rosales, Executive Director

As Executive Director of Brio, Daisy leads the organization’s strategy, content creation, partnerships, and sustainable growth. Prior to Brio, Daisy worked in numerous social impact and nonprofit fields, including youth wellbeing, workforce development, addiction care, and international humanitarian aid. Daisy currently serves on the board of IDEAS Generation, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion across sectors with a community of young professionals. She also helps lead the Foundry at Acumen Academy, a global network of social innovators and builders drawn together by moral leadership. Daisy is inspired everyday by the power of proximity, the mutuality of compassion, and processes that reflect the dignity of all people. Her work through Brio has been recognized by Yale University, Acumen, Poets and Quants, One Young World, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She holds a BA cum laude from Harvard and an MBA from Yale.

Aaron Rosales, Ph.D., Director of Mental Health

As Director of Mental Health, Aaron leads Brio’s high-impact partnership and training initiatives. In his clinical work, Aaron has provided mental health care in a range of settings including: public schools, police department partnerships, community home visits, workers compensation, universities, religious institutions, as well as psychoeducational and personality testing. Aaron completed his doctoral internship at the University of Connecticut and his postdoctoral training at Stanford University. Aaron also offers a wealth of research experience after working in university psychology labs (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Cornell), completing his doctoral research, and serving as a Research Consultant at Headington Institute. He has utilized both qualitative research and randomized controlled trials to demonstrate effectiveness and impact of mental health programs. As a trained Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) clinician, Aaron also enjoys facilitating Prosocial consultations to enhance cooperation in teams and organizations. Additionally, Aaron is trained in Mental Health First Aid, Psychological First Aid, SBIRT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Family Wellness. Aaron holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary.

 

Rishika Mohanty, Mental Health Design & Assessment Intern

Rishika Mohanty is currently pursuing an MPH in Social and Behavioural Sciences with a concentration in Global Health at the Yale School of Public Health and is originally from Vancouver, Canada. She was born in Odisha, India and immigrated to Canada with her parents when she was three years old. She grew up navigating the identity of being South Asian-Canadian, a bicultural experience she continues to learn and grow in. Rishika is passionate about mental health promotion and access equity, particularly among those in marginalized and low-resource communities. She saw an internship with Brio as a unique opportunity to learn how to foster collaborative and equitable partnerships that pursue the goal of bettering mental health in diverse communities. In the future, Rishika hopes to continue working in the global context with vulnerable and underrepresented communities to ensure equal access and opportunity to achieving mental wellness and care.

 

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana
Board of Directors

Originally from Guatemala, Jennifer grew up in Southern California as the daughter of Nazarene church planters. Jennifer received her B.A. in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University and served as a youth pastor and social worker in San Diego county. She served for many years as a pastor of La Fuente Ministries- a bilingual, intercultural ministry of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Fuller Youth Institute, she serves as the Director of Multicultural Initiatives. Her passions include leadership training, intercultural youth spiritual formation and bilingual ministries.

Jihye Gyde
Board of Directors

Jihye is a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she helps organizations across the private, public, and social sectors create the change that matters most to them. Previously, she worked with Limitless Ventures, a team of multi-disciplinary private equity and venture partners seeking to improve mental health outcomes. After serving with AmeriCorps, she started her career at Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she advised and learned from dozens of nonprofit leaders whose budgets ranged from below $500K to over $250M and whose work has made communities more beautiful, just, and whole. Jihye holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a Vice Chair on the board of Common Impact.

Jasmine Park
Board of Directors

Jasmine is a Policy Fellow for Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a nonprofit think tank providing informed, practical analysis on a wide range of domestic and international privacy issues. She leads the pilot Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program and the K-12 Privacy Leaders Working Group, seeking to scale student privacy expertise across the country. Jasmine received her B.A. cum laude in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 2014 and her M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University in 2019. From 2015 to 2017, Jasmine served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia, where she gained two years of on-the-ground experience as an educator. She previously interned with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Jasmine also speaks Korean, Chinese, French, and Khmer with varying degrees of fluency.


Advisors & consultants

Sylvia Aguilera García: Human Rights director in Mexico City, Yale World Fellow
Rodrigo Canales: Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management
Teresa Chahine: Faculty on Social Entrepreneurship at Yale School of Management
Dan Egol: Co-founder & Executive Director, Inclusion Nextwork
Nitya Kanuri: Founder, Navi Health; Consultant at The Chartis Group
Jade Luo: Development Innovation Ventures at USAID
Mtise Mwanza: Manager, ID Insight
Chris Underhill MBE: Senior Ashoka Fellow & Skoll Foundation Award Recipient, Founder of BasicNeeds

Recognition & support

2018: Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale Accelerator
2018: InnovateHealth Yale Seed Stage Award
2019: Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education, Finalist
2019: Henry F. McCance Entrepreneurial Award
2019: Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Award
2020: Rockefeller-Acumen Student Social Enterprise Award
2020: Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale Summer Fellowship
2020: Henry F. McCance Entrepreneurial Award
2020: Yale School of Management Entrepreneurial Fellowship
2021: Pfizer | One Young World Scholarship

Press

Yale School of Management: Students Rev Up Their Startups at Tsai CITY Accelerator
Yale School of Management: SOM Students and Startup Yale
Yale School of Management: Fifteen Student Startups Win 2019 Entrepreneurial Awards
Yale School of Management: Yale SOM Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs
Business Because: How Can An MBA Make You A Better Entrepreneur?
Yale School of Management: Ten Student Ventures Win Entrepreneurial Awards
Yale School of Management: 2020 Entrepreneurial Fellows
Rockefeller Foundation & Acumen: 9 Awardees Carving Sustainable Pathways to Social Progress
Rockefeller Foundation & Acumen: 3 Lessons on Embracing Discomfort for a Better Business
How to be Global Podcast: The Importance of Mental Health with Daisy Rosales
Fuller Youth Institute Podcast: Teens, Social Distancing, and Mental Health with Aaron Rosales
Nasdaq & Ladderworks: Daisy Rosales: Building Community-Owned Mental Health
Poets & Quants: 2020 Most Disruptive MBA Startups
Yale School of Medicine: Innovate Health Yale: Conversation with Daisy Rosales
Yale MacMillan Center: Career Conversations with Daisy Rosales
Acumen Academy: Social Entrepreneurship: What it is and How to Use it for Change
Voices Unheard Podcast: Daisy Rosales: Co-Founder of Brio

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