Gianni Bisio is the VISTA Team Leader at Arizona Serve’s Tucson office. Prior to joining the team in August 2021, he served in the Peace Corps in both Cambodia and Rwanda, started his doctoral degree at Kennesaw State University, and served as an AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA with the State of Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program.

On Friday, May 27th, Gianni took part in a VISTA Team Lead panel for AmeriCorps Headquarters on their Instagram Live event. facilitated by Meg Ansara, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA. Along with Team Leaders Welton Pride of Nashville Promise Zone (Nashville, TN) and Torri Tuttle of Ecolibrium3 (Duluth, MN), he was able to discuss his journey to AmeriCorps, his responsibilities as a Team Leader, the impact that being a Leader has had on both his personal and professional growth, and what his next steps are after his term ends, among other topics. He also cracked a few jokes, as is his proclivity on a big stage.

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This was a wonderful experience for him to both share his story of VISTA service and to highlight the incredible work that Arizona Serve’s VISTAs do, as well as bring light to the impact that Arizona Serve has in both Yavapai and Pima Counties. It also helped put Arizona Serve in the national AmeriCorps conversation!

Gianni’s VISTA Team Lead term ends in August and is hoping to transition into federal government work, either with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or USAID. In the meantime, he intends on defending his Ph.D. dissertation from Kennesaw State in December.

What About You?

Wondering what to do after your AmeriCorps service? Looking for foster your leadership and project management skills? Or are figuring out what to do after retirement and already have a year of Peace Corps and/or AmeriCorps experience under your belt? Serving as an AmeriCorps Team Lead member through Arizona Serve could be the right thing for you!