Briana Gilchrist is the Press Assistant at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Previously, Briana was a fellow at Marion P. Thomas Charter School where she worked in the central office learning the organizational structure and operations in running a community based charter school. She is passionate about urban revitalization through education; she believes that true economic development is at the intersection of public policy, education, and entrepreneurship. Briana is originally from Newark, NJ, but currently resides in Maryland. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Planning and Public Policy and Africana Studies from Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.