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Alena Mazotas

Digital Engagement Manager

Headshot of Alena MazotasWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

Everyone should have a voice to make change in the community where they live. Bringing people together to have meaningful discussions is the first step in making sure everyone can participate in democracy. I first learned about Everyday Democracy when I was part of a giving circle where Martha McCoy came to speak about how our funding should have an equity focus.

 

What I love about what I do:

Working in communications lets me use technology to find creative ways to tell stories of our work. I use social media and other tools to bring people together at the virtual table, very necessary in the world now.

 

How I got here:

In my career, I have been lucky to work at some great organizations working to make change in the world. Prior to joining Everyday Democracy, I was the Communications Strategist at Newman’s Own Foundation where I worked to tell the stories of the grantees supported by the Foundation. I love being able to use my creative side with my technical side to build campaigns to spread the word about the mission. I have also worked for other nonprofits such at Save the Children and Make-A-Wish Foundation. I am passionate about working for causes that mean a lot to me.

 

What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

I love to travel. I had a goal of stepping foot on all the continents which I completed when I went to Antarctica. When I am not traveling, I am planning my next trip. I also love being at home with friends and family, playing games, having great conversations, and laughing.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.