Brette recently joined JRS in January 2017 to work as the International Publication Coordinator. A seasoned freelance food and travel writer, Brette has written for several online and hard copy magazines and edited two regional Italian cookbooks. She decided to refocus her writing skills to tell the stories of refugees, and those who accompany them, after volunteering at JRS's Centro Astalli's soup kitchen in Rome—which she describes as a life-changing event. She has worked on projects with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and at St. Margaret's House (a day centre for impoverished women and children) in South Bend, Indiana. She recently completed a master's degree in English, with a focus on post-colonial and Victorian literature, with the intention of working in communications with an NGO that works to ameliorate food shortages and/or human rights abuses. She worked on an independent project with Luntha Television in Balaka, Malawi (established by the Montfort Missionaries), where she wrote and coproduced a television program, "Food For Thought" that addressed diet and nutrition in the local village. She is a lover of travel, novels, cooking, photography, and jazz.
Brette is American and hails from Philadelphia, PA. She has lived and worked in both France and Italy.