Brianne “Bree” Johnson is Ginsberg's Assistant Director for University-Community Partnerships and residence matchmaker! Central to her role is fostering and facilitating connections between the University of Michigan and community organizations to create a positive impact that is both mutually beneficial and meets community-identified priorities.
Brianne is a proud “Yooper,” hailing from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Studies & Cultural Linguistic Anthropology from Northwestern University and later went on to earn her Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. Brianne completed two years of AmeriCorps*VISTA, focusing on campus-community youth empowerment programs, and is an alumna of the Northwestern Public Interest Program. She began working at the Ginsberg Center in 2012, where she initially served as a Coordinator in the SERVE Office supporting student organizations in their community engagement experiences. Brianne co-chairs the Women In Student Affairs (WISA) professional development group at UM and serves as Board VP with Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County.
In her free time, Brianne enjoys live music, yoga, and vintage shopping. Her favorite spots in Ann Arbor are the Arboretum during peony garden season, Dicken Woods, and the Cupcake Station, where her husband proposed. Brianne has a daughter who reminds her daily of the importance of community and working towards a more just and caring world. Other interests include her cat Gabby, baking, DIY housing projects, higher education research, social justice education, and spending time with friends and family.