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Meet Skyy Fisher of Cerebro Management in Compton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Skyy Fisher.

Skyy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey just began a few years ago! Prison change what I thought I was and who I am still becoming. At one time, I was viewed as a millennial with his life headed in an upward trajectory and a promising future. I surpassed a lot of what people thought I would be and ended up in my mid 20’s a college graduate with a successful career that took me all around the country helping people and then at 27; the youngest ever elected school board member for Compton Unified School District. Honestly, I enjoyed what I helped people to accomplish, I enjoyed my career, yet I still wasn’t happy with who I was and who I had become. Life-changing misjudgments and toxic relationships landed me in front of a judge frail from stressful court proceedings and being sentenced to six years in prison.

In a holding cell waiting to be processed and exhausted from a year of experiencing the vary justice system, I worked so hard to defend and change being a community organizer and staff member for numerous elected officials. I slept on the cold cell floor, using a milk carton as a makeshift pillow, and you know what? It was the best sleep I’ve had in my entire life. When I finally woke up to eat; I woke up FREE! I felt like none of what I accomplished in my past matter anymore. I was able to breathe easier. I was finally happy to wake up as Skyy! See up to that point in my life; I lived the life I was led to believe would make me successful. Truth is I was born this way, and it wasn’t something I learned to be, I’m an educated black gay man from Compton. That statement might not mean much to some people but it took me over 30 years to say that and not care about the refute from anyone. It’s my story, my beginning, and now my journey.

I’ve always been in an environment of service. I began my service as a City of Compton Park & Recreation Commissioner at the age of eighteen. This experience ignited a flame, and by the time I was twenty years old, I was working as a staff member in the Mayor and City Council’s Office. In college, I was continuously called upon for leadership positions within Associated Students Inc. (Student Government). This ultimately led to me being the one and only student candidate to be recommended by all twenty-three campuses for appointment by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California State University Board of Trustees. After being notified of my nomination and going through another intense interview and vetting process, I was notified of the Governor’s request for a more diverse appointment. All I thought at the time was how more diverse could you get; I’m a black gay man from Compton! Exhausted from the process, I refused to go through the process again and closed that chapter of my senior year of college.

A week after participating in my University commencement ceremony, I was off to Washington D.C. to be trained as a Union Organizer and Representative for a national labor union. What I didn’t know at the time that these political and union experiences would transition into a plethora of education and career experience fighting for the rights of workers all around the country and being a fierce advocate for smarter and better public policy.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing about my experiences have been on any smooth road, its all been rocky terrain. Incarceration changed my perception of everything and the way I move today. I’m more focused and even more determined now than I was in the past. I kept my mind sharp by reading, I read sixty-eight books in the four months while in reception waiting to be transferred to a yard. Two months after being transferred, I was hired as the lead clerk in the law library. I began to learn more about the law and assisted people with their legal work. I’ve had a few successful outcomes with cases I’ve helped with and continue to work on.

I would say the roughest was navigating life when I got home. I had to learn to be comfortable in my skin again. I was figuring out what would be next. It was many days I was unsure about the next hour, let alone getting to the next day. I was offered an opportunity at a boutique real estate firm in Los Angeles. I had always had a niche for sales and a secret fascination with real estate development and great building and maintaining relationships, so I figured why not. I worked while meeting the intense demands put on me as conditions of my early release from prison. After some great advice from some mentors, I put myself through real estate school and after an extremely educational and intense real estate development program at the University of Southern California (USC).

I’ve been able to utilize my education and past network to assist Brokers, Real Estate Agents, and Developers in marketing and some of the most complex financial transactions. Still an advocate for smarter and effective public policy, advocacy continues to be an essential part of my life. Having to navigate for so long as a black gay man was tough, especially when It was something I was told had to remain hidden and then dealing with both sides of the legal system and rehabilitation after. These experiences alone have given me a unique perspective on the direct impact of legislation directed towards criminal justice system reform and the LGBTQ community. These critical conversations need to continue, I will continue to have these discussions with my neighbors, city hall, the state capitol, all the way to Washington D.C.

With some great guidance and consultation, I reached deep into my network that is deeply rooted in real-life experiences and education to assemble a great team under one corporate umbrella in the formation of Cerebro Management Inc.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Cerebro Management Inc. is a team of highly intelligent and skilled professionals I’ve worked within various capacities for more than two decades. As a team, we have led in public relations strategy, public policy advocacy, and real estate. Each team member of Cerebro has acquired the education, on the ground experience, and stands out in bold relief in a room of their peers. We’ve individually had the opportunity to work and lead in senior staff roles that broadly exposed us to some of the most interesting and sensitive projects.

Cerebro has received warm and welcoming receptions from prospective clients that are looking for a firm that isn’t afraid to be thrown into situational fires and deliver a plan to extinguish and build upon their brand. Our public relations team will help you during a crisis. Our team knows the halls of bureaucracy can be difficult, but we will get you in the door for the conversation.

Cerebro is a network powerhouse, and we are as they say “Battle Tested,” able to push through during some of the most challenging times.

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