Ginny Brideau is an admitted busybody. Her business is to get into everyone else’s business to find a way to sing their praises until she’s cleared the room. She’s a worker bee, neighbor, wife, mother, and sometimes even a friend. Most of the time, she’s stuck to her iPhone, refreshing her twitter feed, debating the nuances to neighborly conflicts.
Working since 15, Ginny has washed dishes, bagged groceries, answered phones, did some filing, made photocopies and a lot of lattes and mochas, all in an effort to get to where she is today: a Project Manager for The Robert Group. When asked what she does, she tells her father “I protect the world from Engineers, and on some days I project Engineers from the world.” It is true, Ginny is responsible for giving inanimate objects life. She spends her working hours translating construction scenarios, building, mitigation monitoring plans, and environmental documents into digestible chapters or fact sheets. Her whole purpose is to empower individuals, who will come together as a community to work towards a common good.
Ginny Brideau brings extensive experience in project management, community outreach and economic analysis to The Robert Group. As a Project Manager, she is responsible for supporting all outreach efforts including day-to-day project coordination, message development and dissemination, print and online media outreach and placement, and meeting coordination and logistics. Her current workload includes Metro projects like the Regional Connector, Wilshire Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit, Los Angeles Streetcar, High Desert Corridor; and other Los Angeles regional projects like Park 101. Previous projects have included the Los Angeles Union Station Run Through Tracks, Los Angeles to Pasadena Gold Line Construction, Jordan Downs Community Master Plan, North County Combined Highway Corridor Study, and many others.
Other professional efforts have included a dot-com stint as an account manager for a web-based grant tracking system. In addition to leading the internal support team, she was responsible for the hands-on aspect of client support. She was responsible for tracking federal, state, and foundation grant trends, and advising governmental grant managers on management practices. Working with over 130 local jurisdictions, she assisted clients in identifying grant-funding opportunities.
She got her first taste for office work as a project manager at the Theler Wetlands Education Center, for the Hood Canal Watershed Project Center, under a grant from AmeriCorps, Washington Service Corps. Her main responsibility was to review and report the implementation of the Lower Hood Canal Watershed Management Plan. Since it was the first evaluation of a Watershed Management Plan in Washington State, the County Commissioners were very excited for the effort to be completed, but less enthusiastic to find out that between two counties, very little work had been accomplished. They thanked her for her time and she moved on...but not without getting a recognition awards from the Hood Canal Coordinating Council and then Governor Gary Locke.
While attending North Mason High School, she worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant, and then moving up in the world by getting hired at the lone grocery store in town. Although transferring to a new grocery store during her first year of college, she was able to continue bagging groceries to help pay for college. She was, and continues to be a very successful grocery bagger, as she went on to represent the Oyster Bay Thriftway in a regional bagging competition in 1995.
Ginny would spent the majority of her summers attending and later working at Camp Robbinswold. She would tell you that no other camp compares, she remembers her time there fondly, and would go back in a heartbeat..if she didn’t have all these other things going on.
Ginny has three younger siblings. And, like most oldest children, Ginny was the first in her family to finish Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, College, and Graduate School. After safely securing her high school diploma in 1994, she spent two years at Olympic Community College in Bremerton, Washington. She transferred into The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, snagging the best student worker job anyone could ask for: The President’s Office. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Economics in 1999, she headed off to Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy in Malibu, California. She graduated in 2001 with her Masters of Public Policy degree, focused on Public Policy and American Politics.
Her fields of studies focused on the birth of environmental policies shaping public health and the history of social welfare policies in the United States. Her graduate work focused on the energy and economic crisis of 2000-2001. While attending Pepperdine, she worked on electoral campaigns and assisted party leadership.
Before all this, Ginny earned the Girl Scout Gold Award before graduating high school As another example of Ginny’s enthusiasm for public service, community spirit, and other do-gooder features, the Gold Award is awarded to only five percent of all eligible Girl Scouts, who complete pre-approved projects. Having been a scout off- and on- through grade school, the effort was far more significant than any of the boys with those “eagle awards”, as the process begins in 4th grade, continuing through high school. Ginny spent weekends tabling, showing her neighbors how to lessen their impact on the environment, partnering with the county health department, and the Washington State SeaGrant program to address failing on-site septic systems.
Ginny has the uncomfortable ability to be an online omnipresence. She maintains a blog at www.ginnycase.com and her facebook page at www.facebook.com/gincase, updates her www.twitter.com/ginnycase feed incessantly, checks in at mall restrooms using www.foursquare.com/ginnycase. She also uses LinkedIn, Google+, but does not “do” Myspace. People regularly mock her for being online all the time.
Doesn’t it always start with a high school science teacher? Mrs. Lippy handed Ginny an application for a new board the Mason County Commissioners were putting together. The board would be responsible for guiding county staff to address crippling water pollution that was economically impacting the community. Mrs. Lippy asked Ginny if she would be interested in submitting an application. Ginny doesn’t remember asking her father for permission, but does remember getting the letter back, on her 17th birthday, confirming her appointment to the Lower Hood Canal Clean Water District, Citizens Advisory Board. Ginny would later go on to speak on the Washington State Governor's Council for Environmental Education. And, she did raise property taxes. The water is much cleaner today, the area is transitioning into a more economically and environmentally sustainable community. It was an amazing and unique opportunity, which set the tone for her future.
Today, Ginny is a past president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, and a member of First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles. Ginny doesn’t attend church every Sunday, however in her defense, she does answer the phone when the pastor calls. On the neighborhood front, Ginny previously represented the residents of the Historic Core on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Although she hasn’t been on the Council since 2008, many of her neighbors thinks she remains on the council. She might as well, she goes to many of the meetings.
Ginny is married to Alex Brideau III, they met when he came into volunteer for the presidential campaign, while she was actually working for the senate campaign. She realized she really needed him when she attempted to coordinate a state party convention all by herself. Like most days, he’s her lifesaver. Iolani Brideau arrived in 2008, and has been tearing it up ever since. In their spare time they like to travel, drink good coffee, take cruises and train trips. And, yes - they all live in a tiny apartment in Downtown Los Angeles.