Next Generation Advisory Council Member
Brianna (Brie) Cunliffe is an environmental justice activist and writer currently studying resilient community-building at Bowdoin College. After working as a Fellow at Dogwood Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Southern forests and communities, she is continuing to channel the wisdom and advocacy originating in frontline climate communities into her senior Honors Thesis. Growing up in North Carolina camping and hiking on public lands with her family and as a Girl Scout empowered and inspired Brie to consider the reciprocal relationships between humans and the natural world and to harness her own power to work for justice. As a trip leader and Wilderness First Responder with the Bowdoin Outing Club, she leads trips from backpacking to canoeing across the state of Maine, focusing on cultivating an antiracist and LGBTQ+ affirming culture. With environment-grounded poems and stories published in a variety of literary magazines, Brie is passionate about the intersection of compelling storytelling and community-driven solutions. She’s honored to join the team at NextGen in working to ensure the A.T. remains a wellspring of resilience and inspiration for generations to come!