Briana O’Brien


Senior Grants Manager |


Briana brings more than 14 years of nonprofit sector work to the WomenVenture team, the previous four of which were as the sole development staff member for a local domestic violence organization. She is dedicated to uplifting women so they can realize their goals and live as the hero of their own stories.

Her additional professional experience includes volunteer management, disaster response and recovery, global crisis management, and administrative and direct support in LGBTQ-focused eldercare. Many of her roles were with start-up organizations and that has given her a great appreciation of the hard work that it takes to start or grow a business.

Outside of the office, Briana spends time teaching and playing roller derby with North Star Roller Derby, a member-run, nonprofit roller derby league based in Minneapolis. When she is not on skates, she is relaxing at local breweries and walking the lakes with her dog.

Interesting Fact

I adopted my dog because she started living under my house when I was in New Orleans!

Favorite Local Restaurant

Sassy Spoon

Favorite Movie

The BBC 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. All 327 minutes of it.

Woman I Admire

Michelle Obama