Our Team

The Commoner relies on an all-volunteer team of students, activists, and non-profit leaders. Our team is dedicated to providing 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. We all believe in the importance of empathy and compassion.

We are always interested in expanding our volunteer team, so please contact us if you believe you have skills or experiences that can help us further our goals.

You can find out more about our team members below:

Grace Brangwynne
Director of Content

Grace Brangwynne is the Content Director at The Commoner. In this role, Grace works closely with the CEO and executive team to develop a creative 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
Regular Contributor

Ellie is a regular contributor at The Commoner, focusing 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
Regular 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
Regular Contributor

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.

Julia Temple
Regular Contributor

Julia Temple is a recent high school graduate of Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts. Julia will be starting Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in the Fall of 2021. She is currently taking a gap year focused on personal and professional development, volunteering, and travel. Julia discovered her passion for social justice and international relations through her work with Model United Nations and Journalism. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading science fiction books and walking her dog, Jolie.