Bria Gadsden

Community Impact Officer

Bria joined the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as a Community Impact Officer in April 2024. In her role, she draws from her experience promoting the health and wellness of youth and families. Bria's unwavering commitment to social justice has made her a respected champion for health equity. Bria's impact on public health and community development extends far beyond Boston and Hartford. She has cultivated partnerships and implemented successful reproductive health education programs not only in the United States but also globally, including in Kenya, Nigeria, Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Haiti. Most recently, Bria worked at VentureWell as a Program Officer supporting global early-stage entrepreneurs in science and technology through a U.S. Department of State initiative, Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST). Bria received her Master of Science in Community Health Education from Merrimack College and her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?

I enjoy exploring the outdoors. Greater Hartford is home to so many beautiful parks and outdoor spaces.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?

“Rest is a beautiful resistance. It disrupts the lie that we aren’t doing enough. We are enough.” – The Nap Ministry