Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Bravo was forced to move when an area was given back to Mexico to resolve a lingering border dispute.
“I remember asking my dad how they can do that,” Bravo said. “I asked if we got paid. When he said we got about $700, it just did not seem right. That was my first lesson on eminent domain and my interest in law.”
Bravo practices mostly personal injury law, family law and criminal law concentrating on DUIs and felonies. He said he likes helping people rather than corporations.
“I like helping the underdog,” he said.
Bravo graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., with a degree in history. Afterward, he was drafted into the Army and stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital, where he met his wife, Maureen, who was an army nurse. While living in Washington, D.C., he received his law degree. His wife’s military career took them to various parts of the country, including Fairbanks, Alaska, where he taught political science.
He arrived in Augusta when Maureen was assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. In 1986, he joined Paine College, teaching and later becoming the development officer and business division chairman.
His career also included a stint with Electrolux as the director of human resources corporate compliance when its North American headquarters was in Augusta. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping to start a new appliance facility in Juarez, Mexico. He was able to put his multicultural and legal backgrounds to good use.
“It was very gratifying to help get people from Mexico and America to work together as a team,” he said.
Though he was successful and traveling all over Europe, Bravo missed spending quality time with his wife and children.
“My daughter asked when I would spend more time with them. That is what did it for me,” he said.
There was never a doubt where he would settle down.
“I love the quality of life here in the CSRA. I like the opportunity to make a difference and impact in this community,” he said. “There is a strong multicultural presence. There is a heavy sense of history, yet people are open to new ideas.”
As the president of the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy, Bravo promotes literacy and provides books for area children younger than 5.
“I am basically a shy person,” he said. “I don’t do this for attention. I just want to help others. I get pleasure in helping others.”