Lisa Bernal-Wood

Scholars Program Coordinator

I am a dedicated coach & DEI professional with a deep commitment to personal growth and community empowerment. My journey is rooted in my Samoan American heritage, which has instilled in me a profound sense of purpose and responsibility towards my BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and underrepresented communities.

My academic journey includes a Master’s degree in Behavioral Social Science (Social Work + Counseling) from California State University, Chico, and a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. This commitment to education extends beyond formal degrees; I am a perpetual learner, constantly seeking to expand my knowledge and share it with my community. Sharing knowledge is not just a passion but a calling for me.

Over a career spanning more than 15 years in higher education, I have worn various hats, each contributing to my personal and professional growth. However, I’ve come to understand that my true path lies in breaking molds and creating meaningful change. As a certified Diversity Trainer, I’ve led discussions on critical topics such as race, racism, gender, sexuality, ability, class, and Pacific Islander(s) issues. I’ve organized affinity groups and spearheaded numerous equity projects, all with a focus on marginalized populations, particularly BIPOC communities.

In my quest for personal and collective transformation, I have added a coaching certification to my repertoire. I am proud to be a CTI (Coactive Training Institute) Certified Coach, a member of ICF (International Coaching Federation) Sacramento, and a certified coach with Leadership Circle (LCP) and Positive Intelligence (PQ). This coaching journey has been deeply fulfilling, as it allows me to guide individuals towards their best selves and to facilitate meaningful, lasting change.

My passion lies in creating a brighter future for the next generation. I channel this passion into coaching, consulting, facilitating, organizing, and, above all, continuous learning. By cultivating positive change within ourselves and our communities, we can collectively shape a better tomorrow.

Are YOU who we’re looking for?

Coaching For Everyone is seeking ICF-certified coaches who are available to provide pro-bono services to our richly-diverse set of clients, twice per month (two hours total) for three months. ICF credentials must be current.