Born and raised outside of Chicago, Brien spent the summers of his youth fishing and hiking on trips to the Colorado Rockies. During college, he fell in love with the hills and lakes of Wisconsin and graduated from John Muir’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in History and Sociology. In the summer of 2008, Brien worked for a summer camp and lead wilderness trips out of the San Juan Islands of Washington. There he learned how wild places, patience, and time had a positive effect on the growth, maturity, and self-reliance of not only the children he kayaked, biked, and hiked with, but also himself.
In his free time you can find him biking, hiking, climbing, surfing, eating veggies, drinking coffee, collecting records, and he usually has his nose in a book. He is excited about joining the Rites of Passage family, and cannot wait to share the wonders of Washington State with the teenagers and young adults that come through the ROP programs.