Our Team

The Commoner relies on an all-volunteer team of students, activists, and non-profit leaders. Our team provides news and educational resources to people across the globe. We have widely differing personal backgrounds and political views, but we share a common commitment to truthful reporting and open-minded dialogue. Indeed, we all believe in the importance of empathy and compassion.

You can find out more about our team members below:

Grace Brangwynne
Chief Operating Officer

Grace Brangwynne is the Chief Operating Officer at The Commoner. In this role, Grace works closely with the CEO and executive team to develop the creative and strategic vision for the news outlet. Grace produces content and identifies authors who can write articles for the platform. She is a student at the University of Connecticut, where she studies Political Science as part of the MPA/MPP Fast-Track program.

 

 

Conor Donnan
Co-Founder

Conor Joseph Donnan is a co-founder of The Commoner. Outside of The Commoner, Conor is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is on the board of a compassionate listening non-profit named Someone To Tell It To.

Dawaun Davis
Co-Founder

Dawaun Davis is a co-founder and Executive Director at The Commoner. He is an activist and political writer from Baltimore, MD. Davis is a proud Foundational Black American, and he hopes to use his platform at The Commoner to help young Black people with their struggles.

Kristen Hodgson
Editor

Kristen is an editor at the Commoner. She is a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she is studying to receive her bachelor’s degree in Government. After graduation, she aims to pursue a career in D.C. at the intersection of education policy, research, and social justice.

Ellie Jimenez
Director of Social Media Strategy

Ellie is the social media strategist and a regular contributor at The Commoner. Her writing focuses on the Latin American experience in the USA and international affairs. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and has since taught English as a foreign language both online and in Mexico.

Shannon Cassidy
Contributor

Shannon is a regular writer for the Commoner. She has an expertise in short creative nonfiction about parenting, health and illness. She has a background in marketing communications, web content management, and business research. Shannon is a leading writer in The Commoner's national news and Community Conversations sections.

Anju Miura
Ediitor and Regular Contributor

Anju Miura is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied journalism and psychology. Her passion lies in covering both international relations and local politics, focusing on racial justice, immigration issues, and elderly affairs. At the Commoner, she writes and edits articles about national and international affairs.

Darrell Laurant
Senior Editor

Darrell Laurant is a veteran journalist who previously worked at the News & Advance (Lynchburg). He published over 7,000 pieces in three decades. Darrell has covered papal visits, the Olympics, American sports, and political issues in Virginia. He has also written a variety of books, including "Inspiration Street: Two City Blocks that Helped Change America. At The Commoner, Darrell is a leading contributor on American news.

Momina Tashfeen
Contributor

Momina Tashfeen is a regular contributor to The Commoner. She is a graduate from The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s in journalism. Previously, she was a reporter for The Lantern, and a writer for Bahath Magazine and Mvslim.com. She also runs a blog - Eunoia.

Christopher Becker
Senior Political Correspondent

Christopher Becker is the Senior Political Correspondent at the Commoner.  He is a civil litigator practicing in Suffolk County, New York at TonaLaw. Christopher graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Law in 2016. There, he was a Senior Editor of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.

Megan Bauer
Political Correspondent

Meg Bauer is a political correspondent covering national news at the Commoner. She is recent graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a major in marketing. She currently works for a market research consulting firm in Michigan but has always had a passion for writing. Meg is especially interested in the topics of healthcare, environmental sustainability, and mental health awareness. In her free time, Meg enjoys yoga, playing guitar, and finding new recipes to try.

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