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.
As Executive Director of Brio, Daisy leads the organization’s strategy, content creation, partnerships, and sustainable growth. Daisy’s passion for social impact has taken her from the rural woods of New Hampshire where she worked in addiction care, to the dusty libraries of her undergrad studies on historic social movements, to artisan workshops in Guatemala where innovative financing strategies empower women leaders. Prior to Brio, she led marketing at Fuller Youth Institute, a think tank and equipping agency for youth workers and parents on adolescent development and wellness. Daisy serves on the board of Inclusion Nextwork, a nonprofit focused on cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion across sectors with a community of young professionals. She received her BA cum laude from Harvard in 2014 and MBA from Yale in 2020. Daisy is inspired everyday by the power of proximity, the mutuality of compassion, and processes that reflect the dignity of all people.
As Director of Mental Health, Aaron brings all of his experience as a clinician, researcher, and trainer to support Brio’s core mission and activities. 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 is completing his doctoral internship at the University of Connecticut and will complete 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 and will receive his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary in 2020.
Board of directors
Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana
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.
As an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Jihye is focused on finance, analytics, and the application of technology in business. Her current work includes doing research to support the MIT-wide task force on technology and the work of the future. Previously, Jihye was a manager at Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she led consulting teams, spoke at conferences, managed knowledge initiatives, and supported internal work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Across the United States, she has advised (and learned from) dozens of nonprofit leaders whose budgets range from below $500K to over $250M and whose mission work has made our world a little more beautiful, just, and whole. Jihye holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, where she was engaged in cultivating student mental health. She serves on the board of Common Impact as a member of the executive and finance committees.
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; Co-founder, Mana Maali Jade Luo: Restore NYC, World Vision International Mtise Mwanza: Co-founder, B-MAY limited 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