Briana A. Bennett ’05, Annual Giving Volunteer

September 15th, 2015 / Annual Giving

Bri BennettBri Bennett calls Warwick, Rhode Island, home, although she was born in Tokyo. “My father was a professional hockey player and we traveled a lot,” she explains. She came to Princeton from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, after a memorable gap year. “I wanted to see more of the world,” she says, so, based in Paris, she visited 22 European countries, while focusing on French language and culture.

As an undergraduate she majored in politics, taking classes in many areas of study. “I enjoyed the opportunity to examine issues in an interdisciplinary way,” she says. Her senior thesis explored Islam in Western Europe. Since living in Paris, “I had been interested in how the immigrant Muslim population interfaced with the broader population.”

She also played varsity ice hockey, and was president of Cap and Gown Club―her brother, David K. Bennett ’02 and future sister-in-law, Erin Douthit Bennett ’02, were also members. Bennett remains on the Cap and Gown graduate board.

Her involvement with Annual Giving began early, as a senior class solicitor. Since then she has been a reunion chair, and is now participation solicitor and co-chair of ’05’s special gifts committee. “Annual Giving is key to Princeton’s ability to emphasize diversity,” she says. “Princeton opened my eyes to the world, and, with help from AG, will do so for future students. I want to give back to Princeton any way I can.”

After graduation Bennett worked several years in consulting and corporate strategy in New York and Los Angeles, and earned an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School. She is currently a consultant with Bain and Company in Boston, working mainly in “consumer packaged goods, retail, and private equity.”

Bennett lives in Boston with her husband, Grant Van Eerden, also a business consultant. She enjoys playing golf and traveling with her husband in her free time, and “looks forward to every opportunity to get together with friends from Princeton, whether at weddings, Reunions, or in impromptu weekend adventures.”