Bennett Briggs was born in California and grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Moscow, Russia, Bennett returned to BYU-Idaho and graduated cum laude with a BS in Communications. He returned to Russia during the summer of 2014 to work with the Legal Counsel for the East Europe Area of the Church. He was appointed to the Center’s Student Management Board in 2014-2015 and again in 2015-2016. His research work with the Center focuses primarily on issues surrounding the same-sex marriage movement as well as anything with an Eastern European element.