Ashley Brennan

Ashley Brennan

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.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Because the best people to make decisions are the ones who will be impacted by the decision’s outcomes.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I’m hoping to explore, connect, and build community with individuals and teams who are fiercely questioning themselves and challenging one another to learn, unlearn, celebrate, remember, and revolutionize it all.