Brittany N. Gray, Director of Planning & Strategic Initiatives
“I really believe when you give to other people, you give to yourself.” Oprah Winfrey
Born and raised in Martinez, GA, right outside of Augusta, Brittany grew up knowing that being successful is not defined by how much you do but what and how you do it. Brittany, a recent graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, earned a Master’s degree in Social Work (May 2012) from Georgia State University, where she performed research and evaluation for the School of Social Work’s Center for Collaborative Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2011 from the University of Georgia.
As a student at the University of Georgia, Brittany served as a mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, a spokesperson on and off campus in support of safety on campuses, and as Vice President of L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, and Advocacy for Disabilities). In Brittany’s past professional experiences, she provided direct service to the mentally ill and homeless populations in Athens and helped build partnerships in the domestic violence community, as an intern with GCADV.
With the belief in the Ubuntu philosophy, “I am because we are;” Brittany plans to receive her MBA/JD in the next five years to advocate for those who are simply overlooked, educate the “nouveau riche” on strategic philanthropy, and support non-profit organizations in building their capacity and sustainability efforts.
Brittany enjoys Bikram yoga, playing volleyball, rainy days, hugs, trying new things, and traveling.