• Summary and Overview
• Work Experience
• Volunteer Involvement
• Press and Media
Brian Corr is a senior government and nonprofit
professional with more than 30 years of experience in community relations
and organizing, nonprofit management,
development and fundraising, technology and information services,
design, and online communications and constituent management.
Brian has spent the last three decades working
on issues of peace and justice, organizational development,
and program planning and evaluation. Much of his work has
focused on direct fundraising and organizing experience, and
he has many years of expertise in developing and using technology
applied to campaigns, organizing, and research. He has developed
and managed budgets, ensuring that goals are reached and that
potential problems are anticipated, recognized, and proactively
In his roles as a board member, Brian has
focused on personnel, fiscal, and fundraising issues and work
– as well as developing systems and procedures for carrying
out these organizations’ missions and work. He has developed,
led, and implemented long-range strategic planning initiatives
at a variety of organizations.
Brian Corr has served as Executive Secretary of the
Police Review & Advisory Board for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
since September 2010 and as Executive Director of the city's Peace
Commission since 2008. The Police Review & Advisory Board is the city's
civilian oversight agency, while the Peace Commission works with other
municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and
the community as a whole to: build connections and strengthen relationships;
promote positive dialogue and foster understanding; and coordinate
compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing in
the wake of traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its
residents. Before joining the municipal government, Mr. Corr worked as
the first statewide field organizer for the ACLU of Massachusetts,
where he organized "civil liberties task forces" across the state,
including one focused on civilian oversight in response to allegations
of police misconduct and racial profiling in the City of Lawrence,
Brian is the current president of the National Association
for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), a nonprofit organization
that works to: enhance fair and professional law enforcement responsive
to community needs; increase accountability and transparency in policing;
and build community trust through civilian oversight. Elected as president
in 2016, Brian has served on the NACOLE board of directors since 2012, and
served as the association's vice-president in 2013-2014. He served as
chair of the organization's Strategic Planning Committee in 2015 and 2016,
and served as co-chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee from
2012 to 2015.
In his community, Brian serves: as Advisory Board Chair
of the Haiti Development Studies Center at the University of
Massachusetts-Lowell; on the board of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, a
unique ballet organization with innovative programming, artistic
excellence, and extensive community outreach to ensure that dance is
meaningful and accessible to all parts of the community; and on the
board of the DiDomenico Foundation, which grants scholarships to
graduating high school seniors in and around Boston who will be pursuing
a college or university degree, and funds local organizations supporting
youth and youth activities. He is an elected member of the Massachusetts
Democratic State Committee and chair of the Cambridge Democratic City
Committee. From 2009 to 2012, Brian served on the board of the Louis D.
Brown Peace Institute, a Boston-area nonprofit that assists and empowers
both families who have lost children to homicide and families whose
children have taken a life -- while conducting education and advocacy
work to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of violence on
individuals, families, and communities. Nationally, Mr. Corr served on
the national board of directors of the American Friends Service Committee
from 2007 to 2010, and was co-chair of the national board of directors of
Peace Action from 2003 through 2007.
Brian has attended the past seven NACOLE annual training
conferences, and has earned the Certified Practitioner of Oversight (CPO)
credential. He also holds certifications in Group Crisis Intervention
and Post-Traumatic Stress Management/Psychological First Aid; has
completed the Police Chaplain Twelve Core Courses Training through the
International Conference of Police Chaplains; and has completed a 35-hour
train-the-trainer session in Trauma-Informed Policing. He graduated with
a B.A. in Russian Literature and Language from the University of Michigan
in 1986, and has completed the Negotiation and Leadership course at the
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He lives in Cambridge with
his wife, Kathleen Kelly, who is an elected member of the Cambridge
Police Review & Advisory Board, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge,
Executive Secretary: 2010 – present
Manage and implement the work and investigations of the Police Review & Advisory Board, which: provides for citizen participation in reviewing Police Department policies, practices, and procedures; provide prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by individuals against members of the Cambridge Police Department; and develops programs and strategies to promote positive police/community relations and to provide opportunities for expanded discussions, improved understanding, and innovative ways of resolving complaints and concerns.
Peace Commission, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge,
Executive Director: 2008 – present
Officially the "Cambridge Commission on Nuclear Disarmament
and Peace Education," the commission was established
by the Cambridge City Council in 1982 to address the concerns
of war and peace in the age of nuclear weapons. The Peace
Commission promotes peace education by addressing issues of
war and peace, promoting intercultural understanding and cooperation,
supporting nonviolent conflict resolution and equality, and
challenging local forms of discrimination that foster violence.
The Commission also promotes ideas and programs that affirm
the diversity of Cambridge and build community within the
The Executive Director reports directly to the City Manager
and is responsible for all aspects of the work of the Cambridge
Peace Commission. Working in collaboration with a volunteer
City Commission, the Executive Director is responsible for:
• Providing leadership in policy and advocacy, strategy,
planning and implementation of activities relating to peace
and justice in Cambridge; representing the city in local,
national and international forums.
• Initiating and collaborating with other City departments
and community-based organizations to design and implement
programs in the areas of: peace and multicultural education;
anti-violence work in schools and neighborhoods; development
of youth leadership; making links between global and national
issues and local Cambridge communities; and promoting peace,
justice and nonviolence by addressing the barriers created
by race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation,
age, and life experience.
• Coordination and support for task forces, coalitions,
trainings, education programs, and other citywide events related
to the Peace Commission’s mission; writing reports,
developing and monitoring the annual operating budget, and
managing day-to-day operations and fiscal controls; managing
the Commission’s communication and programming with
other City departments and administrators; recruiting and
working collaboratively with a diverse group of volunteer
Peace Commissioners; recruiting, training, and supervising
staff, consultants, and interns.
Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts: Boston, Mass.
Field Organizer and Public Education Coordinator: 2006
Create and nurture “civil liberties task forces”
across Massachusetts; identify leadership, carry out trainings,
develop campaign materials and serve as liaison and resource
person; develop community education programs, grassroots lobbying,
and outreach efforts locally. Create new chapters and provide
assistance to existing student chapters in high schools, colleges
and law schools. Develop and implement a statewide public
education program; plan, implement, and organize community
education events throughout Massachusetts; implement and manage
speakers bureau, including recruiting and training of speakers,
marketing program, and preparing background materials for
speakers. Work with other staff to update and maintain the
organization’s website, listservs, databases, and other
initiatives as needed; participate in fundraising efforts
as part of education and organizing efforts.
Consulting Services Group: Cambridge, Mass.
Principal/Owner: 2005 – present
Consulting with nonprofit organizations, with a focus on people
of color and progressive organizations: event planning, fundraising
and fiscal management, strategic planning and organizational
development, communications and web design, and technology
and information systems. Focus through March 2006 was as Program
and Logistics Manager for The
Power of Color — a national conference of progressive
activists of color and activists from indigenous communities.
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
1998 – 2005
Director, Technical Training
and Support, 2001 – 2005
Evaluate needs, develop and implement technology plans for
Northeast Action and its affiliates; develop technology budget,
purchase, and install hardware and software; maintain, troubleshoot,
repair, and upgrade software and hardware; assess needs, develop
curricula, and conduct trainings for internal and external
staff; develop and maintain databases, websites, networks,
and other systems for Northeast Action and its affiliates;
supervise Communications and Technology Assistant; develop,
implement, manage, and evaluate ePower Project to use strategic
technology planning, databases, GIS mapping, voter files,
demographic and census data, and membership list enhancement
to target and mobilize resources and campaign efforts throughout
the region. In addition, work as lead organizer of the Northeast
People of Color Network and its regional conferences; head
internal Racial Justice Team.
Senior Organizer, Money and Politics Project,
1998 – 2001
Work to advance public understanding of the role money plays
in politics and to support efforts toward fair election financing;
work as lead organizer for metropolitan Boston on the 1998
Clean Election referendum campaign; work with state organizations
in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont to develop and implement
outreach and public education efforts; support individual
state campaigns on strategy, mobilization, research, media
relations, and fundraising; facilitate communication among
affiliates, activists, public officials, funders and media;
plan and organize regional trainings and conferences for activists
and reporters on public financing.
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Associate Director, 1996 – 1998
Responsible for all development work, raising annual budget
of $961,000; manage and coordinate development staff; coordinate
participation of Board and all staff in meeting fundraising
objectives; develop and monitor fundraising plan, develop
and meet budgets; plan and manage major gifts program, monthly
pledge program, ongoing small donor programs, and other individual
fundraising; manage all fundraising events; develop and manage
direct mail acquisition campaign; edit reports and funding
proposals; manage and maintain computer hardware and software,
including development and implementation of fundraising database.
for Homeless Children, Dorchester, Mass.
Director of Development, 1995 – 1996
Responsible for annual fund of $320,000 and three-year capital
campaign for $1.7 million; supervising development staff,
including developing budgets, tracking fundraising plan, manage
all fundraising events, develop and coordinate marketing and
retail projects, write and design direct-mail appeals and
other communications with individual and corporate donors;
write and edit newsletter; responsible for public relations
and outreach; solicit in-kind contributions; write grant proposals;
expand donor base through targeted solicitations and acquisition;
management and maintenance of computer hardware and software.
Equity Alliance for Massachusetts (TEAM): Boston, Mass.
Fundraising Coordinator, Campaign for a Graduated Income
Responsible for major-donor programs, direct mail fundraising
efforts, all fundraising events, phone banks, and other campaign
work as necessary.
USA: Somerville, Mass.
Coalition Organizer, 1993 – 1994
Responsible for the coalition's lobbying activities, political
workshops and trainings for YouthBuild trainees, communications,
researching and tracking legislative and public policy initiatives.
1986 – 1993
Massachusetts Program Director,
1991 – 1993
Responsible for implementing political program; strategic
planning; literature and materials; public speaking; events;
major-donor and direct-mail programs; planning and monitoring
budget of $150,000.
Canvass Director, 1988 –
1991, Cambridge, Mass., Washington, D.C., Chicago, Ill.
Responsible for recruiting, training, and managing a staff
of 30; educational and training briefings; developing and
meeting budget of $100,000; accounting and bookkeeping; and
National Support Team Field
Manager, 1987 – 1988, Washington, D.C.
Diagnose and resolve personnel and financial issues in offices
across the U.S; three months working at the National
Rainbow Coalition to design, start, and manage a canvass
program for its D.C. Statehood Campaign.
Campaign Staff, 1987, Chicago,
and GOTV work for reelection of Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago,
Canvasser and Field Manager,
1986 – 1987, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Education and Certifications:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:
BA in Russian Literature and Language, 1986
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School: Negotiation and Leadership Course, 2012
Certified Practitioner of Oversight
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement: September 2013 to present
Group Crisis Intervention
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation: Starting June 2014
Police Chaplain Twelve Core Courses Basic Training
International Conference of Police Chaplains: Starting June 2013
Basic Mediation Training
Community Dispute Settlement Center: Starting September 2010
Post-Traumatic Stress Management/Psychological First Aid
Riverside Trauma Center: Starting May 2011
Outstanding City Employee Award: City of Cambridge, 2016
Peace and Justice Award: City of Cambridge, 2006
and Community Involvement:
- Chair, Board
Program Committee, American
Friends Service Committee, 2009– present.
- President, Commonwealth
Education Project, board member since 2000, treasurer
2002 – 2005, president 2005 – present.
- President, Fair
Economy Action Fund (United for a Fair Economy), 2003
– present; board member since 2002.
- Co-chair, National Board of Directors,
2002 – 2007; board member since 1997.
- Co-clerk (co-chair), Executive Committee,
England American Friends Service Committee, 2000 –
2005; committee member since 1998.
- Co-chair, Board of Directors, CPPAX,
1994 – 2001; board member from 1992.
- Member, National
Board of Directors, American
Friends Service Committee, 2007 – present; Executive
Committee member from 2009.
- Member, Board of Directors, Louis
D. Brown Peace Institute, 2009 – present.
- Member and Affirmative Action and Outreach
Ward 6 Democratic Committee, 2009 – present.
- Member, National
Peacebuilding Executive Committee, American
Friends Service Committee, 2005– 2008.
- Founder and Organizer, Progressive
Massachusetts for Barack Obama, 2007 – present.
- Membership Development Committee, The
New Majority, 2003– 2006.
- Steering Committee, Mass
Voters for Fair Elections, 2003 – 2006.
- Steering Committee member and Movement
Building Track Co-Coordinator, Boston
Social Forum, 2003 – 2004.
- Coordinating Committee, United
for Justice with Peace, 2002 – 2004.
- Founding member, Civil Liberties Task
Force, ACLU of Massachusetts,
2001 – 2003.
- Founder and Organizer, Northeast
People of Color Network, 1999 – present.
- Board of Directors, Technology
for Social Change, 1996 – 2000.
- Development Committee, Haymarket
People's Fund, 1996 – 2000.
- Regional Program Committee, New
England American Friends Service Committee, 1992 –
- Executive Board, Boston
DSA, 1992 – 1995.
- Board of Directors, Boston
Mobilization for Survival, 1992 – 1995.
- Board of Directors, Commonwealth
Coalition (now Mass Alliance), 1991 – 2000.
- Executive Board, Mass.
Jobs with Justice, 1991 – 1994.