Founder and Executive Director of the Eden Project, Bren Briggs. Bren is a retired Army officer with 28 years of service. He spent the first 8 years as a Marine then accepted a direct commission as a medical officer in the Army. Bren had several assignments and deployments that took him away from his family for long periods of time he understands on a very personal level the strain that is put on families from long separations. He was injured on his last deployment underwent 6 major surgeries to reconstruct his face. It is out of this experience and working with other wounded warriors that the Eden Project came to be. Bren is no stranger to non-profits. He served on an Alzheimers Board of directors for several years.