Program and Communications Coordinator, Participatory Budgeting Project
Ashley Brennan believes in building connections over shared values and does just that at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) as the Program and Communications Coordinator. She transforms school systems across North America so that they empower students with power over the money that impacts their lives. She strengthens local civic engagement efforts by supporting an international Network of civic leaders and co-coordinates convenings to connect government officials, researchers, young people, and community leaders who are reshaping democracy.
To elevate this work, and the work of her team, Ashley manages PBP’s communications and curates how we tell our stories. She is a graduate of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, where she synthesized the first formal evaluation of youth PB in Romania as her honors thesis using interdisciplinary training in psychology and human rights—and with a focus on ways to apply social science research towards social change.
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