Brianna C Bragg (they/she), Ihanktonwan Nation, is a Co-Creator at The UPRISE Collective. Brianna is a fat, queer, two-spirit, biracial womxn who roots her work in relationship, with liberation and healing as the goal. Brianna has over 15 years in professional early childhood education, social services, and advocacy. She was born and grew up on the stolen and occupied lands of the sovereign Salish and Duwamish people. They are the eldest of over 20 first cousins, where they learned early on the value of childhood, education, and community. Brianna has worked as a Montessori Teacher, Nanny, Family Advocate/Home Visitor, Sexual Assault Crisis Responder, Early Childhood Policy Advocate and Therapist for folks that live outside. She has spent her post-graduate experience as a clinician and in community organizing work within the Houseless, Indigenous, and QTPOC communities. Brianna is dedicated to the eradication of oppressive systems utilizing the means of community organizing, civil disobedience, and structural policy shifts. She believes strongly in the need to approach oppressive and inequitable situations with a both/and mindset, looking at these restructure opportunities with a wholist, relational worldview. Briana works to demystify systems and flatten hierarchical structures so they are accessible, and useful to the people while working on the preservation, reclamation, and uplifting of traditional practices and ways of knowing. They have two undergraduate degrees from Portland State University in Social Science (Womxn’s Studies & Sociology) and Child & Family Studies (Early Childhood Education) and a Masters in Social Work (Policy, Leadership, and Community Organizing). They love to read, write, grow their own food, cook for the community, bead, crafting of any kind, and a good road trip. Brianna stays grounded with the help of her partner, her two tiny dogs, and her chosen family.