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Brian Corr
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Summary and Overview:

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 addressed.

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, Mass.

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 School Committee.

Work Experience:

Cambridge Police Review & Advisory Board, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge, Mass.
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.

Cambridge Peace Commission, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge, Mass.
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 city.

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.

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts: Boston, Mass.
Field Organizer and Public Education Coordinator: 2006 – 2008
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.

Cambridge 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.

Northeast Action: 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.

Grassroots International, 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.

Horizons 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.

Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts (TEAM): Boston, Mass.
Fundraising Coordinator, Campaign for a Graduated Income Tax, 1994
Responsible for major-donor programs, direct mail fundraising efforts, all fundraising events, phone banks, and other campaign work as necessary.

YouthBuild 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.

Peace Action:

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 fundraising.

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, Ill.
Field organizing and GOTV work for reelection of Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago, Ill.

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

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