Kamaria Brisseau

Kamaria Brisseau

Finance and Administration Manager

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn, NY USA

Courage doesn’t mean that you’re not fearful—it means that you’re fearful, but you’re doing it anyway.


By Roadtrip Nation

Kamaria Brisseau


My road in life has been direct.
After high school, I got a full scholarship to St. John’s University.
I spent a year at the university, but while my scholarship didn’t increase, tuition did—I ended up transferring to community college, which was more affordable and also allowed me to parent and work.
While in college, I started working as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit organization—by the time I graduated, I was the organization’s senior budget analyst.
One of my supervisors recommended I participate in an executive program to earn my master’s degree while continuing to work full-time.
I earned my master’s degree in advanced management and organizational behavior from Columbia University and continued to develop my career in business and finance.
I spent almost five years as the director of budget and administration for Columbia University, followed by a year as the director of finance and administration for the National Academy of Design.
I currently work as a finance and administration manager for Brooklyn Community Foundation.
I will soon be moving into the role of senior director of budget and administration for the City University of New York—the same community college where I started my journey!
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High School
Business Administration and Management, General
Brooklyn College
Advanced Management and Organizational Behavior


Finance and Administration Manager

I oversee finance and budgeting for organizations.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

When you first choose a major, you won't know what all of the options are yet. That's okay. Know that choosing a major or industry doesn't mean you have to stick with it. You have to give it a chance before you can really understand if it's a good fit for you or not. My advice is to choose something—try it out. If it's not a good fit, switch to something else.


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Working Parent