Brenda Jackson comes to us having recently graduated in May from Occidental College with a double major in Music and Urban and Environmental Policy. Growing up dancing traditional Peruvian folk dance at a competitive level then discovering her love of singing, songwriting and guitar at her high school in Van Nuys, the arts have always been in her life. Throughout her time at Occidental College she developed leadership and community organizing skills being president of the Latinx Student Union, interning at both Esperanza Community Housing, Los Angeles Community Action Network and working on assemblymember's Miguel Santiago's campaign. She recently completed a 9 month comprehensive research project "Just Transition in Los Angeles: Ensuring Equity During Decarbonization" with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability which focused on how best to transition LA fossil workers into a green economy. Her passions lie in environmental justice, serving the Latinx community, and other communities of color and seeing the interaction of arts in social justice initiatives. She seeks to use her community organizing experience and love of the arts during her time at LAMusArt to further the organization's goals of equity and access to affordable arts education.