Economic Development Director

Briana is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of programming to address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to strengthening diverse economies, and workforce development initiatives.

Prior to joining the Island Institute, Briana started Maine Pie Line, a wholesale bakery that exclusively employed newly resettled refugees. The business received extensive media coverage in the Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, and other national and local media outlets and was awarded the Portland Entreverge Award. Briana’s work with the company earned her a spot as one of the 50 semi-finalists nationally for the prestigious “Eater Young Guns” award in 2014.

Before launching Maine Pie Line, Briana served with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. While in the Foreign Service, Briana served as a Political Officer and Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and the Political/Economic Section Chief in Conakry, Guinea. She also served at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. Briana holds a BA from George Washington University and an MA from Yale University in International Affairs and Economic Development. 


Mobile: (207) 701-1576

Work: (207) 594-9209 ext. 180