Given the title, “The love child of Oprah, Beyonce, and Michelle Obama” , Briona Jenkins is a public speaker, activist for the LGBTQIA+, female, and people of color communities, and has years of experience using her platform to evoke change.
Originally from Hamden, Connecticut, Bri attended Albertus Magnus College, a small Liberal Arts college rich in the Dominican Tradition, which is where she completed her undergrad as a Sociology major with a concentration in Social Work.
Bri has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She worked for a variety of organizations where she was able to serve adults and children with developmental disabilities, single adults and families experiencing homelessness, and was in development and community engagement at an organization that serves LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults and was recently furloughed from her first tech job due to CoronaVirus but is taking this an opportunity to apply for jobs in and around Philadelphia, which is where she is moving this fall.
When not at work Bri is very involved in the Austin community. She is the Co-Director of New Leaders Council’s Austin Chapter Board, sits on the board of Lone Star Victim Advocacy Project, and has served on the boards of Keep Austin Fed and Austin Black Pride. She also appears on panels and podcasts all over the city and this year spoke at the 2020 Women’s March Rally in Austin, BossBabe’s Annual State of the Uterus event, Texas State Business Week, and on a virtual SXSW panel. She also hosts a podcast called The Tea with Bri.
On December 4, 2019, she won the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce ‘Rising Star Award’.