Brianna Gehring serves as the Director of Grants and Partnerships for the Human Trafficking Institute. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute’s portfolio of grants and leads the Institute’s work in developing partnerships with intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and other partners to expand collaboration globally to combat human trafficking. Brianna has over a decade of experience in the anti-trafficking field, leading teams in the design and implementation of programs that have measurably reduced trafficking and sustainably improved protection for vulnerable populations. Brianna previously worked at International Justice Mission, where she served alongside teams in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe to implement programs combatting online sexual exploitation of children, labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and other forms of violence. She has spent time living and working in Cambodia at an aftercare center for survivors of child sex trafficking, has provided technical assistance to UNHCR in improving processes to identify victims of trafficking, and has trained and supported NGO teams and government partners all around the world in protecting the vulnerable from violence. Brianna has a master’s degree in Development Management and Human Rights from American University’s School of International Service. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.
Kelli is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. View all posts by Kelli Ross