Staff Profile

Janna O'Brien

Janna O’Brien

Office and Operations Manager

Email: jobrien@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2099
Office: SUB, 2nd floor


Education: BA, Whitworth University, 2011; MS, Creighton University, 2013. At SPU since 2016.

Janna O’Brien grew up on a dairy farm in Lynden, Washington. When she wasn’t eating raspberries, she was biking, rollerblading, and finding new trails to explore. Her love of exploring took her all across the land — from snowy Spokane, Washington, to corn-laden Omaha, Nebraska, to sunny San Jose, California.

Along the way, Janna developed a passion for college students and conflict resolution. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitworth University and her master’s degree in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University. While in San Jose, she worked in Residence Life at Santa Clara University.

Wanting to return to the fresh air of the Pacific Northwest, she moved back to Seattle to work at SPU. Janna is the only member of her team that does not live on campus. You can find Janna and her husband adventuring around Seattle on their bikes and rollerblades, or discovering new coffee shops in the area.