Omidyar Network Associates

Andrew Brennen

As a queer African American from Kentucky with a background in education policy, I do not often see myself reflected in philanthropic spaces. However, as an advocate dedicated to seeking justice for my communities, I have become acquainted with the power of philanthropy to disrupt systems that entrench inequities rather than eradicate them. The associate program at Omidyar Network has conferred a network, skillset, and industry context that have positioned me to be an unlikely change agent in philanthropic spaces. From working with youth-led movements to hold big tech accountable to supporting Black- and Brown-led grassroots efforts to achieve economic justice, the associate program has enabled me to bring my intersecting identities and experiences to the table as an expert while simultaneously providing the space to learn and grow as a leader.