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 has 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. She was, most recently, let go from her first tech job due to CoronaVirus. Briona decided that this was the best time to start her consulting business, Briona Jenkins Consulting. In December 2020, she accepted the Director of Development position with Austin Justice Coalition.
When not at work Bri is very involved in the Austin community. She is serving her second term as Co-Director of New Leaders Council’s Austin Chapter Board, and has served on the boards of Keep Austin Fed, Austin Black Pride, and Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project . She also appears on panels and stages all over the city and has spoken at the 2020 Women’s March Rally in Austin, BossBabe’s Annual State of the Uterus event, Texas State Business Week, on a virtual SXSWEdu panel, and two GISH panels about Racial Equality & Justice.
She hosts a podcast called The Tea with Bri where she sits and chats with a different guest every week about whatever topic the guests chooses.
On December 4, 2019, she won the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce ‘Rising Star Award’. She will also be the subject for a documentary entitled, “Uncomfortable Spaces”, that will be released at the end of 2020.