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Office of Community and Economic Development

Staff Spotlight: Brissa Gomez





Brissa is a local Visalian. She has 4 children, Joshua 14; Leah 13; Isabella 6 and Eliana 3. Brissa was honored when asked to work for OCED. She came on board with 22 years of experience in the administrative field. Brissa currently works as a Parent University Instructor.  


Who inspires you?

My children; but also my father--Noe Prado. He was the biggest inspiration for me growing up. He molded his tenacity and character in me. I was inspired to be like him.


What's the last book you read?

One Hundred Years of Solitude-- by Novelist; Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


What are you passionate about?  

I enjoy helping people. I’m passionate about giving back to the community. It is a very rewarding experience.


What's your favorite movie? 

Pretty Woman.


Do you have a secret talent? 

It wouldn't be a secret if I told you. 


What was your first job? 

My first official job; was working for La Cooperative Campesina de California during the freeze of 1999.


What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? 

I would like to travel to Cali Colombia with my family. 


What’s a skill you learned when you were young that you still use today?

Being humble. --My father was a very wealthy and known businessman. I learned from him that humbleness could go a long way. I learned that he never forgot his roots and always demonstrated that regardless of the positions he held. Now, as a businesswoman, I see where that has gotten me. I have built strong relationships because of it.


What has been your most rewarding job experience yet? 

Working in the fields--picking Cherries, Apples, Strawberries, and so forth. I learned to value the work environment. I hold high respect for those that work in that arena. I know what it's like to work in 110-degree weather. The life lessons that it engraved into my life are everlasting. 


What 3 words would your friends use to describe you? 

Transparent, honest, and reliable.