AAPI Heritage Month Spotlight: Elisa Feng

In the bustling world of fashion and design, where creativity meets craftsmanship, there are individuals who not only leave their mark but also inspire generations to come. Elisa Feng, the Program Manager at BRIDGEGOOD, is one such remarkable individual who has etched her name in the annals of the industry. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, it’s only fitting to shine a spotlight on Elisa and her incredible journey.

Elisa’s passion for design began in the 90s when she embarked on a remarkable decade-long stint at Levi’s, one of the most renowned brands in the fashion world. As a Fabric Developer and Senior Finishing Technician, she honed her skills and developed an unparalleled expertise in her craft. Her dedication and talent made her an invaluable asset to the company, leaving an indelible impression on all those who had the privilege of working with her.

Fast forward to February 2021, when Elisa’s life took a transformative turn. It was during her time at Chabot College that she was introduced to BRIDGEGOOD, an organization empowering aspiring designers and artists to realize their dreams. Elisa’s encounter with BRIDGEGOOD was a serendipitous moment that would shape the trajectory of her career.

Eager to showcase her talent, Elisa enthusiastically participated in the Inspire Oakland Design Challenge, where she emerged as one of the top 20 designers. Her creative prowess and innovative ideas caught the attention of the industry, propelling her into the limelight. But her journey with BRIDGEGOOD didn’t end there; it was only the beginning.

Recognizing Elisa’s potential, BRIDGEGOOD offered her an opportunity to join their ranks as a designer in their UX Design Apprenticeship program. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, she dedicated herself to learning and expanding her skill set. Under the guidance of BRIDGEGOOD’s experienced instructors, Elisa flourished into a formidable force in the design world.

Throughout her apprenticeship, Elisa not only sharpened her technical abilities but also acquired invaluable skills in time management, team management, collaborative work, and relationship building. BRIDGEGOOD provided her with a nurturing environment to thrive and grow both personally and professionally.

As the stars aligned, Elisa’s journey came full circle when, in January 2023, she was offered the role of Program Manager at BRIDGEGOOD. This position allowed her to channel her passion into a meaningful endeavor — guiding and empowering the next generation of students seeking careers in the design industry. With her wealth of experience and unwavering dedication, Elisa became an inspiration for aspiring artists, encouraging them to chase their dreams and pursue their passions relentlessly.

Elisa’s story serves as a testament to the transformative power of opportunity and dedication. Her journey, from a fabric developer at Levi’s to a Program Manager at BRIDGEGOOD, exemplifies the resilience, talent, and vision that define the AAPI community. By nurturing and empowering emerging talent, Elisa is not only flourishing in her own career but also paving the way for others to follow in her footsteps.

As we celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, let us raise a toast to Elisa Feng, a humble individual who embodies the spirit of creativity, perseverance, and community. Her impact on the design industry and the lives she touches is immeasurable, and we eagerly await the future contributions she will make as she continues to inspire and uplift the next generation of designers.

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