"As your elected representative on our school board, I will work tirelessly to ensure voices are encouraged and voices are heard."
Ysela Bravo and her family have been Mount Airy residents for over 15 years.
Ysela was born and raised in Southern California. Her father, from Mexico City, and Texas-born mother owned a busy Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. She worked her way through Ryokan College, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology while building a career as a human resources manager. When she left California for Maryland, Bravo was the human resources manager at ITT Systems, a 400-employee company in Van Nuys that manufactures radar navigation systems.
Bravo and Erik Schwetje, married since 1998, settled in Mount Airy in 2006. They have two children, both of whom attended Frederick County Public Schools.
Bravo served as president and treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Association of New Market Elementary School, where she worked as a substitute teacher for general and special education. Bravo has also volunteered for community groups, including the Frederick Rescue Mission, Emerge Maryland, and the local Boy Scouts.
In 2016 and 2017, Bravo co-hosted Bravo and Quill, a talk show about current events on WTHU, a radio station in Thurmont, Maryland. “We tried to use the show to help bridge the liberal-conservative divide,” Bravo says. “It’s not always easy, but we found that it is possible to find common ground and work from there.”
In 2021, Bravo served on the Compensation for Review Commission for Frederick County. The Frederick County council abided by the commission’s proposed salaries. In late 2021, Bravo was appointed to serve as an alternate on the Frederick County Ethics Commission. Currently Ysela is Community Engagement Manager at the Asian American Center of Frederick.