Bría contributes to Blue Meridian’s investee selection process, supports individual investee relationships, including developing scaling plans, and helps assess investee and portfolio-wide performance. Working closely with Managing Directors, she also collaborates on innovative initiatives to expand Blue Meridian’s work, with a focus on Place Matters.
A seasoned public servant and community builder with experience working in nonprofits and New York City local government, Bría’s professional experience is rooted in managing large-scale projects and initiatives, designing and implementing community engagement strategies, and stewarding cross-sector collaboration. Prior to joining Blue Meridian, Bría served as the Director of Operations to the First Lady of New York City and stayed on for the mayoral transition to provide operations and project management support to the newly created NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity. Before that, she worked for agencies across the city, including the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and various offices within the NYC Mayor’s Office. Bría began her career working as an AmeriCorps member at Food Bank For New York City, where she launched the organization’s annual MLK Weekend of Service and designed a community volunteer program to provide capacity-building support to the organization’s 1,000-member network of emergency feeding programs.
Bría holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she studied Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, where she double majored in Health Science and Sociology with a concentration in Public Health.