As you may have heard, we are piloting our community catalyst program, a new work-trade program to help meet the needs and further activate the potential of our vibrant community, which now includes over 200 people from 40 member organizations.
After receiving applications from many qualified and passionate individuals, we have brought on four catalysts that are already having a big impact in our community.
Let me introduce them to you!
I am a trained historian in European contemporary history who has been working as a freelance journalist in Europe and the Middle East for many years. In addition to my journalistic skills I have been working as a project manager in civic education, human rights, memory politics and freedom of expression. As former employee for the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, who focused in her projects on Europe and Russia, I can rely on an international network of governmental and non-governmental actors.
Evan is an independent consultant focusing on issues of democracy, good governance, and social good and the use of emerging technology to promote these outcomes. He spent six years working as a counterterrorism and homeland security consultant across multiple Department of Homeland Security offices, where his work included creating original, tailored programs of research and analysis and integrating qualitative research into the Department's quantitative risk models. Evan is currently completing his Master's Degree in Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations (with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia) and American History from Tufts University.
Prior to joining the Open Gov Hub as a Community Catalyst, Alyssa worked at the World Resources Institute leading the international policy efforts for the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. There, she focused on highlighting the role cities and subnational governments play in combatting climate change, advancing sustainable development, and improving quality of life for all people. Her work focused on impacting international processes like Habitat III's New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Mobility for All, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
She is very interested in empowering cities and urban dwellers to create change, and thinks that decentralization, vertical integration, and transparent governance are key to that vision. She is excited to join the Open Gov Hub and to work with the teams here on new and innovative ways to bring local governments to the fore.
Andrew is one of the first group of Community Catalysts at the OpenGov Hub. As a Community Catalyst, he facilitates collaboration between members of the OpenGov Hub. Prior to working as a Community Catalyst, he spent 12 years working in K-12 Education in a variety of teaching and educational support roles. Andrew obtained his Master of Education from the University of Southern California, focusing on meeting the needs of students in schools with high levels of poverty. Having worked with students from a variety of backgrounds and countries, he has a high level of interest in helping governments and educational systems around the world find the programs and methods that will have the greatest positive impact on their children. Andrew is currently enrolled in the e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program at George Mason University where he focuses on how to leverage technology to meet the needs of stakeholders goals in training and learning.