Sierra Bray graduated summa cum laude from the University of Portland with a B.S. in Organizational Communication and Spanish. She received the university's College of Arts and Sciences University Scholar Award for graduating at the top of her class, as well as the Paul Melhuish Outstanding Organizational Communication Major Award. After graduating, Sierra worked for three years in strategic communication, marketing, and business consulting. In this time, she advised business owners on strategic initiatives to grow their companies, reach broader audiences, and improve employee engagement.

Passionate about bridging the principles of organizational communication with critical and cultural theory, Sierra's research areas include the social construction of power in the workplace, the effects of gender dynamics and gender stereotypes on employees, and the presentation of knowledge in relation to perceptions of competence.