Denisse Bernal, M.A.Ed.

Denisse Bernal began working with spcaLA as a Summer Camp Counselor in 2006. She became a Humane Educator in 2010, and began serving as the Director of Violence Prevention & Humane Education in 2015. Denisse is from South Gate, California, where she grew up caring for a variety of family pets and volunteering at local animal rescues. She completed her B.A. in Latin American and Latina Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and earned an M.A. in Education from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a graduate of Public Allies Los Angeles, where she implemented social justice education projects in area schools and served as a Program Development Associate at Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust/TRUST South LA.

Since joining the Violence Prevention & Humane Education Department, Denisse has continued to work on strengthening her approach to violence prevention, youth development, and education through training and volunteer work with local domestic violence agencies and youth-centered advocacy organizations. She leads the department dedicated to building healthy relationships within and across species; recognizing the connections that bind community welfare to animal protection; and ultimately creating more equitable, just, safe, and compassionate communities.