Since 2000, Briner has worked as part of the vibrant team at the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center. Before being named Executive Director in 2012, she held several strategic positions including Contract and Budget Administrator, Assistant Director, and Chief Financial Officer.
Acknowledged by the University as a Pitt Innovator three years running, Briner applies business acumen to the process of bringing research solutions to educators. She is also an entrepreneur and business consultant. Briner supports social entrepreneurs both regionally and internationally through strategic marketing and business consulting—helping them to find innovative solutions to social issues. She is also committed to giving voice and agency to underserved populations through active board membership with various groups, including those that serve the blind and ethnic minorities of the region.
Briner holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Business Communications from Carlow University, as well as Masters' degrees in Public and International Affairs and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.