November 21, 2019

Bianca Pilar VerberaIn addition to being Movement Strategy Center’s Transitions Initiative Program Assistant, Bianca is the owner and founder of a growing a jewelry shop called Bianquis’ Designs in which she creates commemorative vessels to her matriarchal ancestors and the women in her family. She bridges past, present, and future as she honors their stories, sacrifices, and celebrate their resiliency through her craft. You might find her selling jewelry at Lake Merritt, outdoor markets, or at art galleries across the Bay Area. The East Bay is very dear to her, because not only is she from here, but her life has been surrounded by the beautifully diverse, community-driven movements that have manifested ground-breaking outcomes. Much of her family was involved in the movimiento during the seventies and eighties across the Bay Area, largely in labor union organizing across Oakland, Stanford, and in the Central Valley. Duty to community service and breaking institutional barriers run through her veins. Prior to joining MSC, she was on two fund development teams at Girl Scouts of Northern California and Hispanics in Philanthropy, from which she brings ample event planning and fundraising experience. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities from San Francisco State University. A current goal of hers is to invest in opening/holding two equitable spaces for entrepreneurs and artists of color, situated in the East Bay and in Mexico. Bianca’s hope is to rid the fear of displacement and to welcome artists to comfortably create and flourish in these spaces.

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