Brimhall began her work in the nonprofit field in Alaska where she conceived of a highly successful state-wide conference series to support artisans in the areas of law and marketing and where she subsequently was the first executive director of the Alaskan Native Arts Institute and launched its cultural arts programming. Later in Massachusetts, Brimhall was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Prison Art Project, one of the first such programs in the country and one that was heavily supported by the US-based Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Endowment for the Arts and an extensive Boston-area corporate community. Her career also encompassed serving as the director of the Artists-in-Schools Program for the Massachusetts State Arts Council.
Brimhall went on to serve as a senior leader in several major Boston healthcare organizations, VP for Development at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the international Schepens Eye Research Institute, a Harvard Medical School affiliate (the largest independent eye research institute in the world at the time), She is a native of Napa Valley and in 2000 returned to secure a $70M building campaign to launch COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts (founded by icons Robert Mondavi and Julia Child and now re-born as the Culinary Institute of America at COPIA). In 2016 she joined the Maybach Foundation.
Brimhall is twice a former board member of Women in Development of Greater Boston (the largest professional development organization in New England), and was the 1998 vice chair of Massachusetts Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conference. Brimhall has been a frequent mentor, lecturer and presenter on both coasts, including moderator for the November 2012 AFP Boston conference panel on International Philanthropy. She was among the first to be recognized as a “Certified Fund Raising Executive” and holds a B.A. in English and Art and a California lifetime teaching certificate. She has consulted pro bono for the Sanam V Quraishi Foundation (SVQF), the Center for Global Engagement, VETality Corp, as well as for Peace Kids and the Fund for East Timor, both later projects in support of the Nobel Peace Laureates. She recently authored the book A Guide to Fishing for Donors (Change Lab 2016) and previously How to Set Up a Small Fundraising Office (Prentice Hall Charitable Series.)