The first in his family to graduate from college, Vissanjy (B.A. Business Administration, 2007) was a two-term ASI President, the Chair of the California State Student Association, a Model United Nations delegate and a Residential CSA for two years. A Dean's List student, he graduated in the top ten percent of his class and prides himself on doing well under pressure.
Following graduation, Vissanjy was one of only two CSU students to attain the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco, which is a graduate level leadership training program that empowers talented and committed individuals with effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena.
After the Coro Fellowship, Vissanjy was hired in the Strategic Campaigns department for the Service Employees International Union Local 1021. He was in charge of developing comprehensive campaigns for a union that represents 55,000 public sector workers in Northern California.
In February 2011, he began working for House Representative Mike Honda (D-San Jose) as a Staff Assistant and System Administrator. Most notably, Vissanjy was recently accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and will begin studies for his Master's in Public Policy in the fall of 2012.
Amidst all his success and involvement, Vissanjy has not forgotten his roots. Part of his drive to be successful in academics and as a leader began at an early age, seeing his family struggle as immigrants from Portugal in order to have a better life in the United States.
Vissanjy has always aspired to give back to the community and decided that public service would be the best way to help, by trying to provide access to the less fortunate. He plans to return to Bay Area after Harvard to be politically involved.
-- Written by Bryan Bell, NewsCenter student contributor