Dec 10, 2002
Gloria Francesca Mengual began her work at Everyday Democracy as a freelance writer in March 2003 and was hired as program director in June 2003. Gloria works with communities addressing a variety of issues to help develop and sustain dialogue-to-change programs. She also occasionally interviews individuals in communities who use these programs to produce articles which give a face and a place to the discussions and actions taking place throughout the country.
Prior to working at Everyday Democracy, Gloria has provided marketing/media relations/writing services to various nonprofit organizations in the health care and social services arenas during the past 20 years. They include The Connecticut Hospice, Saint Francis Hospital Medical Center, Middlesex Hospital, the Hispanic Health Council and the Village for Families Children. She also has covered events related to the Hispanic community as a correspondent for The Hartford Courant. Gloria has been involved in the advocacy efforts of several organizations where she has worked or volunteered and has made presentations about the role of media relations in the advocacy process to students at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and the University of Hartford. She was a commissioner for the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities from 2006 - 2008.
Gloria earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude in journalism from the University of Bridgeport and has completed some graduate work at Wesleyan University. She enjoys time spent with her husband and daughter, as well as volunteering in her community, reading, gardening and writing creative non-fiction.