April 28, 2022

By Devyn Bakewell 

Assistant Managing Editor


One of nine adopted children in a family of fifteen, Isaac Bryan knows firsthand the harm that can be caused by a broken child welfare policy, underinvested schools, environmental hazards, and economic inequity from an early age. Despite a loving family, he and his siblings faced many struggles to gaining success and opportunities.

The focus of Bryan’s professional life has been justice reform.

He founded the UCLA Black Policy Project, organized for environmental justice, racial equality, housing injustice, and the reimagining of the criminal legal system.

In 2022, Bryan co-chaired the historical Measure J campaign, fighting to allocate almost a billion dollars of the L.A. County’s annual budget to address racial injustice through investments in youth development, job training, small business development, supportive house, and alternatives to incarceration rooted in public health approach.

Bryan believes that he has “the experience and track record of success we need to not just talk about justice, but to do the work needed to fundamentally improve the lives of millions of Californians who have been left behind.

I’ve lived it, I’ve organized around it, I’ve built diverse coalitions, and I’ve led historic reforms to help bridge the gap between inequity and opportunity. This district has given everything to me, and I fight every day to make sure we have all the things we need to thrive and grow.”

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