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Reflecting on Social Change: Alumni in Public Service

Thursday, November 21st, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (ET)


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Location: LIST, Room 120

A panel of Brown alumni in the public service field will reflect on their undergraduate and professional experiences. This event is sponsored by Brown's Career LAB and Careers in the Common Good.  

Confirmed participants as of October 18: 

Evan Kindler, '20, panel moderator, is a senior from Oak Park, IL studying history and urban studies. He has been involved in the Swearer Center since freshman year, working as a Bonner fellow with a focus on public school education and tutoring/mentoring. He administered the Swearer Classroom Program for the past three years and is now working with the Providence nonprofit Inspiring Minds to expand their reach and impact. Post-graduation Evan hopes to work in urban planning/design with a focus on equitable and sustainable urban spaces.  

Grace Palmer, ‘13, is a Government Innovation Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab
, a pro bono technical assistance and research group dedicated to helping state and local governments tackle difficult social problems through performance improvement efforts. She is currently working in the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services supporting efforts to improve outcomes for the state’s children and families. Previously, she worked at the Brookings Institution communicating research and working directly with cities on urban policy, economic development, and regional governance as part of the Metropolitan Policy Program and an experimental cross-institution effort focused on integrating urban perspectives into other Brookings policy areas. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on social and urban policy, and a BA in History from Brown University. She is passionate about building just local communities and civic practices, as well as her home state of Rhode Island.

Max Clermont, ‘11, is senior policy strategist based in Cambridge, MA. Most recently, he was head of policy at Data for Black Lives where he worked to advance the organization’s work at the intersection of technology, racial justice and community organizing. Prior to D4BL, Max served as chief of staff at the University of Chicago Medicine's Trauma Center. He is a former project manager with 270 Strategies, a public engagement firm in Chicago, IL that works with political campaigns and causes in the design and implementation of advocacy strategy. He focused on helping leaders and organizations enhance the experience of the communities they represent and find better ways to encourage meaningful action. Before joining 270, Max was a Regional Field Director in Florida for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He has previously held positions with the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, Brown University's School of Public Health, Partners In Health, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Max holds a B.A. and M.P.H. from Brown University’s School of Public Health with a concentration in health services, policy & practice. He serves as a member of the President’s Communication Advisory Council at Brown University and is the senior campaign director to Mayor Alex Morse ‘11 of Holyoke, MA.

Karen Normil, ‘16, is a paralegal at Youth Represent, a youth reentry organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people affected by the criminal justice system. She also participates in court watching as part of the Youth Justice Research Collaborative, which focuses on the impact of the newly implemented Raise the Age legislation in NY.

She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and Africana Studies. While at Brown, she conducted research on global migration involving sub-Saharan migrants and interned with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights as well as the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduating from Brown, she worked as a Community Fellow at Immigrant Justice Corps, where she represented low-income immigrants throughout Brooklyn as a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. 

Emily Koo, ‘13, followed an impactful summer as a Mayoral Fellow at the City of Providence by launching a career in local government and urban sustainability, working across two mayoral administrations. She spent a year plus in Laos through a Princeton in Asia fellowship prior to returning to her home base of Providence. Her recent nonprofit experience spans the areas of affordable housing, urban agriculture, renewable energy, and land conservation. She is passionate about tackling climate change and undoing systemic racism, and otherwise spends her time rock climbing, playing volleyball, learning Spanish, and hanging out with her husband, Sam, and dog, Savannah.