Faces of Water: Brie Coleman – Nov. 2019

  • by Brie Coleman
  • Nov 15, 2019
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Brie Coleman, Multimedia Specialist, Placer County Water Agency

1. Describe your job.

I help bring our agency to life for our customers through social media, photography, videography and graphic design. Our service area is large, 1,500 square miles, so our goal is to share information about our operations so everyone understands what we do and how we serve them. This includes focusing on the people who work at PCWA. Through my work, I collaborate across departments on everything from water infrastructure to hydro operations to natural resources stewardship. Then the magic happens when the final product is ready to disseminate and we receive feedback from our customers. 

2. What do you like best about your job?

I get to go out into the field to capture so many different aspects of our water system and interact with the talented people who make it all happen. Every day is different, and I love the variety of experiences. I learn a lot, not only about the nuances of our system, but about the connections between what we do and how we benefit the community. Plus, I get to play with some pretty cool equipment, like cameras and drones. 

3. How did you get into the water industry?

After attending an employee event with my husband, also a PCWA employee, I was so impressed with how wonderful and inviting the people were that I felt like it was a perfect fit! My first role was actually in customer service, then administration and now in the Public Affairs Division. Prior to working for PCWA, I earned my bachelor’s degree in photography and worked as a freelance photographer. 

4. What is something unique about yourself?

A couple of years ago, I earned a Water Distribution Operator Certificate (D1) to better understand the basics of the water system. And, recently, after realizing how popular using drones had become in photography and videography, I earned my Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA.  On a more personal note, I love working out and have participated in runs and obstacle course races like the Spartan and Tough Mudder. I have identical twins – teenage daughters who are the lights of my life.

5. What makes you passionate about multimedia?

My passion for multimedia production really started with a love of photography. I started in the black and white dark room in high school developing my own photos. That’s where I had an epiphany: when art meets craft, something extraordinary can be created. When you have a vision, arrange the composition, have correct lighting and time the shot right, it’s incredibly satisfying. 

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