Immigration Advocacy & College Access Coordinator, Manual Arts High School
Brianne O’Donoghue works in the Manual Arts College Center to better equip South Los Angeles students for college and beyond, and to strengthen the school’s commitment to its immigrant students and families.
O’Donoghue joined the LAPF team in October 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. While in college, she was involved in a number of urban education initiatives under Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House Association, and has experience in teaching, curriculum development, and career readiness counseling. Her time as a student organizer for immigrant rights on her own college campus provided her with the framework to establish the student-led immigrant advocacy organization, Manual Arts Beyond Borders.
O’Donoghue attended El Camino College for one year before transferring to Wellesley College and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Peace & Justice Studies. While at Wellesley, she had the opportunity to conduct research on refugee education in Rwanda under international humanitarian aid organization ADRA, and served with an alternative education social project in Cusco, Peru as a 2016 Madeleine K. Albright fellow. Currently, she is an active volunteer with ICE Out of LA, a coalition of immigrant rights organizations that seek to defend the Los Angeles community from the devastating consequences of deportation.
Heavily influenced by her Irish and Mexican background, O’Donoghue is passionate about exploring other cultures whether it be through travel, stories, or attending cultural events around LA. She is a firm believer in the Dead Poets Society quote, “no matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world,” and she hopes to instill this in every student she works with.