Brianna Brown

Advocate for Higher Education

To hear Brianna Brown share her own challenges through college and the message she wishes to impart on high school students, click on her photo above. 

About Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown was born in East Palo Alto, CA, a city that has struggled with drugs, crime, and poverty for many years. Raised by a single mother who had never attended college, Brianna had to navigate the entire college application process—applying, financial aid, deadlines classes—on her own. She ultimately went on to Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college in Texas. She is now pursuing her Master's degree from San Francisco State University in College Counseling and Education.

Now, Brianna uses her own personal experiences to inform her work. She serves as the College Adviser at an East Palo Alto non-profit called Live In Peace. There, she works to support students through the daunting college application process and fights for them to have the same opportunities as students elsewhere.

Brianna is driven to be a role model and example for young girls in her community. Her goal is to show them that college is not only possible, but meaningful and empowering as well. 

This is her story.