Chief Program Officer
National Institute for Reproductive Health
Brianna most recently served as the Vice President of Organizing Leadership at Leadership for Educational Equity, a civic leadership development platform for values-driven leaders seeking to end educational inequity. A founding staff member during LEE’s relaunch, Brianna supported the organization to build a national organizing network with organizations in 21 cities continuously achieving policy shifts that increase equity for students. She also built a platform of supports that enables leaders of city-based organizations to organize effectively and with a community-first value. Under Brianna’s leadership, the Organizing department at LEE ran over 35 national organizing workshops, training over 2000 leaders in community organizing skills, and coached and trained leaders in over 100 campaigns at the city and state level. Highlights include ending corporal punishment for special needs students in Louisiana, eliminating pre-K through second grade suspension in Texas, moving over $100 million toward anti-bias supports, social and emotional learning, mental health supports and homelessness supports in ten cities and much more. She also served as the founding vice president of LEE’s office of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Prior to LEE, Brianna was field director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, where she led campaign and field strategy in federal and state issue campaigns, including Maine’s historic campaigns to end the use of solitary confinement in Maine prisons and implement marriage equality for LGBTQ Mainers through state legislative efforts. She also worked on many reproductive rights efforts, including defeating several anti-choice bills.
To annually engage impacted people in dozens of issue campaigns and ballot initiatives while at the ACLU, Brianna harnessed the power of organized people through chairing existing coalitions and building new ones, equipping volunteers with skills to grow public networks around an issue, and continuously engaging and developing the membership base of the ACLU of Maine. In that role, she solidified her commitment to the power of organizing in bringing about long-lasting systemic change.
Brianna began her career as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta and a school leader in Indianapolis.
As a volunteer, Brianna has chaired the board of the Maine Women’s Policy Center and Maine Women’s Lobby, women’s rights organizations based in Maine. She served on the board of directors of Community Housing of Maine, a real estate development non-profit serving low-income people. She currently serves on the Zoom Foundation’s Prize for Parent Organizing Advisory Committee and RISE Colorado’s Advisory Committee, advising Executive Directors in their work in both roles.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tim and dog Tuck.