Julissa Bisono

Make the Road New York (MRNY)

Co-Organizing Director


Julissa Bisono, Co-Director of Organizing at Make the Road New York (MRNY), has more than 20 years of experience organizing immigrant and working-class communities. As Co-Director of Organizing, Ms. Bisono currently oversees MRNY’s Workplace Justice Project, Education Justice Project, and the TGNICQ Justice Project. She began her trajectory at MRNY by supporting community members searching for adult educational opportunities and often supported their kids as a social justice mentor and tutor. In subsequent roles, she helped register and activate thousands of first-generation immigrant voters in Queens and built a broad low-wage worker base committed to protecting workers’ rights. Bisono has also provided organizing and technical support to BASTA! and Padres en Accion–MRNY’s grassroots housing rights and education rights committees that focus on protecting people’s homes and creating equitable schools. Ms. Bisono also served as Co-Associate Director of the Organizing Department, supporting education justice, voter registration, and data and base-building work. Bisono is a graduate of Activate! A Community Organizing Fellowship and the recipient of the 2008 Mario Savio Activist Award. She has been serving in the Flushing Meadows Park Alliance Board since 2018. Bisono is very proud to have spent half her life working in Queens, the community and borough she calls home.