Juli Briskman

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Juli Briskman
Born Juli Ellyn Klyce
(1967-03-16) March 16, 1967 (age 54)
Nationality American
Alma mater Ohio State University
Johns Hopkins University (MBA)
Occupation Politician, journalist
Known for Gesture towards American President Donald Trump

Juli Ellyn Briskman (née Klyce; born March 16, 1967) is an American politician, marketing analyst, and journalist. She is supervisor-elect for the Algonkian District of Loudoun County, Virginia. Briskman garnered international attention for flipping off President Donald Trump in Sterling, Virginia, as he returned from a golfing trip in 2017.

Early life

Briskman is originally from the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area and graduated from Worthington High School in 1985.[1] She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990, with a degree in journalism. She worked for the school newspaper, The Lantern.[2] She received an MBA in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University in 1998.[3]

Briskman's 1983 yearbook photo

Career

Briskman interned for the Kuwait Times, where she made news for escaping to Saudi Arabia as the Iraqis invaded Kuwait. She worked at the U.S. Department of State, including embassies in countries like Latvia and Kazakhstan.[3]

Middle finger controversy

Briskman was riding her bike when the Trump motorcade passed by. She decided to flip her middle finger as she rode her bicycle, which was caught on camera by the press photographer.[4] Briskman had worked as a marketing analyst for Akima, LLC, a government contractor, for eight months until she was fired for using the viral photo as her header. She sued for wrongful termination as another employee also had "obscene content," which it was her job to flag,[5] on his social media accounts, but was allowed to remove it. Her claim was not upheld in court because Virginia's at-will employment laws do not cover free speech. The judge granted the full severance pay she was owed.[3]

2019 election

In 2018, Briskman announced her intention to run for public office in Loudoun County, rather than appeal the court decision.[3] In 2019, she ran for the Algonkian District seat of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and was elected on November 5.[6]

Personal life

Briskman moved to Loudoun County circa the early 2000s. She is a mother of two with her ex-husband.[3] Briskman has also worked part-time as a yoga instructor.[1]

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