Briana Phillips

Writer, communicator, storyteller 

My background

I started my working life as a barista at Starbucks and, while I love a good cup of coffee, I’m less passionate about making them. What I am passionate about is telling stories, whether it’s the retirement of California State University San Marcos’ longtime K-9 police dog Armor or a student veteran receiving one of the California State University system’s most prestigious award. I’m proud that in May 2023 I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. It wasn’t always an easy path – in fact, I wrote about it for CSUSM’s alumni and donor magazine, Steps – but I’m grateful for the support I received along the way.

After nearly two years working in the University Communications office at California State University San Marcos, I’m looking forward to continue growing and sharing compelling stories.

"I have many wonderful opportunities to interact with student assistants and interns in our office. Over the 15 years I have been at the university, Briana has stood out as a shining star amongst them all with unmatched talent and skills. Briana's contributions to the University Communications office have been outstanding. She is an excellent writer and editor, brings fresh ideas to meetings, and has a 'can-do' attitude and spirit of collaboration in all things. We have been so lucky to have Briana on our team and I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset to her future employers."

- Margaret Chantung, Chief Communications Officer, Cal State San Marcos

"Bri has made incredible contributions to the Cal State San Marcos community through her communications and marketing work. Bri has such a positive presence, and her attitude, dedication, skills and professionalism make her an asset to any organization."

- Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist, Cal State San Marcos

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