Brian Kettenring

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Brian is the Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy. He served as Executive Director of Leadership Center for the Common Good prior to its merger with CPD in late 2013. As the Director of Common Good, Brian and his team built an organization that worked with partner organizations in 18 states and 45 cities nationally. Common Good and its partners played essential roles in campaigns for economic justice, Wall Street accountability, education reform, environmental justice, and much more.

During his 19-year organizing career, Brian has helped run numerous campaigns for a living wage, against predatory lending, and for Wall St. accountability.  His issue portfolio includes work on: progressive school reform, campaign finance reform, tenant legislative protections, adoption of a progressive federal budget, passage of a federal economic recovery package, and campaigns promoting smart growth and environmental justice.

Brian’s first work in organizing came through the Midwest Academy training program in Chicago. Later, Brian worked for the Rogers Park Community Action Network and the REACH project, an effort to leverage tenant deposit holdings for affordable housing. He later worked for ACORN, with assignments in Chicago, California, Florida, the southern US, and in Washington, DC, where he is now based. Brian received a BA in African and European Intellectual History from Carleton College.