Hi there, we're Brio

Hi there, we're Brio

At Brio, we partner with communities around the world to cultivate mental health and well-being in marginalized, low-resource contexts. Led by the community and centered in a science-based approach called Acceptance and Commitment Training, our programs help build psychological flexibility and support values-driven actions, even in the face of adversity.

At Brio, we partner with communities around the world to cultivate mental health and well-being in marginalized, low-resource contexts. Led by the community and centered in a science-based approach called Acceptance and Commitment Training, our programs help build psychological flexibility and support values-driven actions, even in the face of adversity.

Our story

We’re Daisy Rosales and Aaron Rosales, 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.

Our story

We’re Daisy Rosales and Aaron Rosales, 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.

Meet our team

Daisy Rosales
Executive Director

Daisy is a creative visionary with a passion for turning ideas into meaningful collective change. As Co-founder and Executive Director of Brio, she leads Brio’s organizational strategy, partnerships, and growth, while expanding the narrative of global mental health through speaking, training, and writing. Prior to Brio, Daisy worked for a wide range of nonprofits and social enterprises, advocating for healing and justice around the world. She has brought her passion for social entrepreneurs to the leadership committees of IDEAS Generation, Catalyst 2030 Mental Health Collaboration, and the Foundry at Acumen. In 2023, Daisy led the publishing of a series on global mental health in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her work through Brio has been recognized by Yale University, Poets and Quants, One Young World, The Wellbeing Project, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Daisy was named an honorary Acumen Fellow at TED 2023. She holds a BA cum laude from Harvard and an MBA from Yale.

Aaron Rosales, Ph.D.
Director of Mental Health

Aaron is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and the Director of Mental Health at Brio. Throughout his career, he has provided mental health care in a range of settings including: public schools, police department partnerships, community home visits, universities, religious institutions, and humanitarian contexts, including Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Honduras, and Ukraine. As a researcher, Aaron has worked in psychology labs at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Cornell, and serves 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 enjoys facilitating Prosocial consultations to enhance cooperation in teams and organizations. He holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary. Aaron completed his doctoral internship at the University of Connecticut and his postdoctoral training at Stanford University.

Meet our Board of Directors

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, originally from Guatemala, grew up in Southern California as the daughter of church planters. Jennifer received her B.A in Social Work at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and worked with various populations in San Diego County. She has pastored in bilingual, intergenerational, and intercultural ministries and earned her Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has led research projects and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute. She is the author of several pastoral toolkits, blogs, and academic publications. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University and is a professor in the School of Theology at PLNU. Her passions include borderland conversations, intercultural youth spiritual formation, bilingual ministries, and theological education for the Latina community.

Jihye Gyde

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

Jasmine Park is a Policy Strategist for Kids and Family Experiences at Google and Vice President of the Board of Education for Torrance Unified School District in Los Angeles County. Prior to joining Google, she was the Senior Child and Student Privacy Expert at PRIVO and a Youth and Education Privacy Policy Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. Jasmine served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer. She received her B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and her M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University.

Learn more about our work

Learn more about our work

Recognition and support

In the press

Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Case for Mental Health in Our Social Change Worlds
Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Power of Mental Health to Break Cycles of Violence and Promote Peace
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Beyond ‘Toughing It Out’: Mental Health in the Social Change Workplace
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

Awards and fellowships

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
2022: Exponent Philanthropy NextGen Fellowship

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