As a lifelong Grand Rapidian, Milinda has called the 2nd Ward home for 10 years. Community service is Milinda's calling, and she is an experienced bridge-builder. As the Executive Director of The Source, she leads an employer collaborative to address concerns like child care, housing and overall basic needs. Her former work at Spectrum Health, Herman Miller and Cascade Engineering focused on equity, a key component in her vision for the 2nd Ward. Milinda has served on a number of city boards, including, the civil service board, the civilian appeals board and the economic development and mobile GR steering committee.
Her volunteer work and experience on these city boards, and many others, makes her the one candidate that is ready to serve as our next 2nd Ward City Commissioner. She has also been on the board of many non-profit organizations, including, Kent School Services Network, The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, K-Connect, and Habitat for Humanity capital campaign. She has a BBA from Grand Valley, an MBA from Michigan State, and is a Job Quality Fellow with the Aspen Institute.
Milinda will bring her broad experiences and her reliable and responsible character to city hall. She has a strong and clear vision for the 2nd Ward. She knows the importance of making our city's success accessible to everyone. As the daughter of GR residents, Dr. Raul and Kathy Ysasi, retired GRPS employees, she learned early on the importance of service to community. Milinda and her husband Rafael spend their time in the second walking to local favorites, like Creston Bewery, biking around Riverside Park and picking up groceries at Kingma's. Rafael works at Spectrum Health, volunteers his time with the Grand Rapids Zoning Board of Appeals, Affinity Mentoring and formerly the Creston Neighborhood Association.