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Charmane Glass-Tripp

Creative Projects and Marketing Associate

Headshot of Charmane Glass-TrippWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

I work at Everyday Democracy because I believe in the mission.  An organization dedicated to encouraging people to organize inclusively and have honest conversations about real issues is a great place to use my skills and talents.

 

What I love about what I do:

I enjoy being in a behind the scenes roll. Taking care of the details that help the communities move forward is rewarding. It also allows me to have a part in all of the projects and working closely with Martha McCoy has expanded my vision of what’s possible.

 

How I got here:

I honestly never imagined I would be doing this kind of work. I spent the early part of my work life in a cubicle farm at an insurance company, Mom was proud and I thought that was that. As I evolved as an artist, layoffs provided opportunity for me to pursue music fulltime, only I didn’t make the cut. I’m pretty sure I was the only one on my team devastated to NOT be laid off.  My heart had been so set on my new career path that I quit. (Mom was unsure but supportive.) I worked as a fulltime musician for 3 years. It was awesome but life on the road and the crazy schedule had me longing for some stability…and health insurance, so I decided to get a part time day gig. 

After having done such fulfilling work as an artist I knew I couldn’t go back to the corporate world, I never really fit in there anyway. I had come to realize how very valuable my time was and I needed to use it wisely so I searched for a job that would matter, that I felt good about going to every day. I thought if I am not doing music to do this it needs to be worth it.  I went to work as an office manager at nonprofit social justice organization and a year later saw an ad to work at Everyday Democracy.  After browsing their site and speaking to a couple friends I applied for the part time office assistant position.  Years later I am the assistant to the executive director. I have opportunities to incorporate art into our work and work in an environment that welcomes and respects my experiences instead of herding me to assimilate.  So much better than an insurance company and Mom is even more proud. :)

 

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

I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, family and friends. I am very active in a thriving artist community and spend a lot of my time writing music and plays, going to shows, watching the amazing HBO Sunday night programming, cooking, home making and living a life of servitude to my cat.

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.