About Bruni's Work

Bruni Pizarro (she/ella) is the Director of Brand Strategy & Partner at For La Diáspora, a creative studio that connects brands to the Latine community through culturally-driven design and bilingual communications. Her family migrated from Puerto Rico to New York City, where she was born and raised. During the unprecedented Covid-19 era, Bruni served for 3 years as Executive Director of Junta for Progressive Action, the oldest Latine social services organization in the Greater New Haven area. 

She received a Master’s of Environmental Science from the Yale School of the Environment and holds a B.S. in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Early in her career, she lived in a remote, traditional Aboriginal community in the Great Gibson Desert, Australia, which was pivotal in supporting her understanding of the impact of colonialism and the built environment on Aboriginal health and well being. 

She connects her lived experience as a Puerto Rican from the diaspora with research and advocacy to bring forth a racialized and class-based understanding of the downstream impacts of climate disasters on oppressed communities of color. Her most recent published work, featured in the University of Connecticut Law Review, centers on climate change-induced disaster, forced migration and its impact on displaced Puerto Rican women in New Haven, CT. 

In 2019, Bruni served on the Environment & Climate Change Committee of the Transition Team for New Haven’s Mayor, Justin Elicker. Prior to Yale, she worked on an ethnobotanical study at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) where her research focused on the cultural knowledge of medicinal plants of Latine and Caribbean communities in New York City. 

Bruni co-chairs the Environmental Justice/DEIJ Committee as a Board member of Save the Sound, an organization committed to environmental advocacy. She supports equity efforts for the State of Connecticut as a member of the Hispanic Advisory Committee for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and as Board Advisor for the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, & Opportunity.