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Brendan Lounsbury

Database Analyst

Brendan LounsburyWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

I come into work every day knowing that Everyday Democracy will help people make the changes they want to see in their communities. These changes may be considered small by some, but those small changes add up as more and more communities across the nation become more equitable and inclusive.

 

What I love about what I do:

As a data driven person, I love working with the evaluation and learning team and being able provide evidence that change is possible and our work is making a difference. I primarily help to manage the Everyday Democracy database, but I also work with all the different teams to help utilize our database in achieving their goals. The most rewarding part of working here is being able to travel to communities across the nation, listen to their stories and see the hard work communities have done first hand.

 

How I got here:

I’m originally from Massachusetts, but I attended The Pennsylvania State University to pursue a degree in Political Science. While attending Penn State I studied under Dr. John Gastil who introduced me to the field of Dialogue and Deliberation, and I was immediately enthralled by the idea of using honest, informed and inclusive dialogue as an agent of change. After attending an NCCD conference with Dr. Gastil, I helped pilot the Nevins Democracy Leaders Program where I began a fellowship with Everyday Democracy’s Evaluation and Learning team and I’ve been here ever since!

 

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

I’m an avid volleyball player, and I play year round in leagues and pick-up games around the community. I love being outdoors, during the summer you can usually find me hiking, playing ultimate disc (frisbee) or of course playing volleyball. In the winter I enjoy snowboarding whenever there is enough snow on ground. I’m also very passionate about cooking. I’ve been cooking for as long as I can remember and I love experimenting with new recipes.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help 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.