Supporting people is at the heart of what Briana Taylor does. She has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for 17 years – having joined during the Red Cross response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But, her journey to make things better for others began long before then. Growing up as a Girl Scout, she was always stepping out of her comfort zone and helping others. Even as a young girl, she had the ability to see the potential in everyone she met.
Briana has successfully navigated academic, corporate and volunteer settings throughout much of her life. She is a retired psychologist – she worked for many years in the Dublin Unified School District and is founder of Raising Healthy Kids, a transformative parenting program providing families with the frameworks and tools they need to raise children who thrive emotionally, socially and academically. Her 20-year background in marriage and family therapy equipped her with skills that would serve well in her many roles at the Red Cross. Since her start with the organization, she had been wholeheartedly committed to the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
As a Member of the Pacific Division Regional Response Management Team, Briana deploys around the country as External Relations Assistant Director on the Leadership Team. She has provided comfort and support to communities affected by hurricanes, super storms, floods, tornados, and the California wildfires, including the Valley Fire, Clayton Fire, 2017 California Wildfires, Mendocino Complex Fire, Camp Fire, Kincade Fire, 2020 Lightning Complex Wildfires and most recently in the Red Cross California Gold Country Region during the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe following the Calder Fire. When not responding to disasters, Briana serves as Vice Chair for the Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Board of Directors. In addition, she is the volunteer partner to the Regional Disaster Officer, and has been featured as a guest speaker at countless meetings and events.
Working with local government partners, and community and faith-based organizations to help build more resilient communities is also part of Briana’s personal Red Cross mission. She chairs the region’s leadership councils composed of key community partners and organizations who connect the Red Cross to local community needs.
Briana is also a supporter and advocate for other Red Cross volunteers. As a voice for the volunteers, Briana believes that while people volunteer for different reasons, all have come to help and support our communities. She believes that only through each of our individual, unique contributions can we collectively accomplish great things. It is because of the tireless hours of dedication by each volunteer that the Red Cross is there for our communities when help is needed most. “Our lives are forever changed and deeply affected as we work to actively prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. The spirit, generosity, and resilience of volunteers and the people we serve in the aftermath of overwhelming adversity inspires and motivates me every day.”
Briana and her husband John have two grown daughters, Alex and Sami. Without their support, Briana says she would not be able to do what she does.