Last month, we brought on our new Organizing Director, Ryan Brown. We’re incredibly excited to have him on board and can’t wait to see the impact he’s going to have.
Check out his bio and our Q&A with him below.
Ryan was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. He is the youngest of three siblings and currently resides in Augusta, GA. Ryan brings a wealth of experience to Georgia Shift from his previous work within non-profits, higher education and state government/politics. Ryan strongly believes, “service is the rent we pay being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Marian W. Edleman
What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement?
My inspiration for civic engagement stems from principles and values instilled by my parents. Observing their service to others and selflessness throughout their lives inspired my passion for public service. People are capable of amazing feats in their lives. However, most are stifled by the temporary and often self-imposed barriers. I hope to assist people with moving those barriers and provide access to opportunity not only for them but also for the future generations of their family.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. I would choose Justice Marshall during the time-frame of his law school days where he was under the tutelage of Charles Hamilton Houston at Howard University. Houston challenged his students to not only become lawyers, but to also become social architects.
Justice Marshall led a series of cases and legal strategies which changed American society for the better. To merely be a fly-on-the-wall in his law office, personal study or chambers would be a front row seat to the mind of a liberal lion.
How do you recharge?
Sleeping allows me to recharge. It’s my favorite pastime.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
- Tour of Africa
- Meeting President Obama
- Private tour of the Vatican
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?