Brian Biery, Associate

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Brian Biery has been involved in community engagement and neighborhood organizing activities in the Pasadena/Altadena region for over 20 years. After serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala as a Youth Development Volunteer and earning an MA in Spanish from Middlebury

College, he returned to Pasadena to work for city government in the Neighborhood Connections office.  There he supported the city’s 80 plus neighborhood associations via leadership development training, information sharing, linkages to decision-makers, referrals to City and nonprofit services, and the organization of new associations.

 

Currently he is the principal of Brian Biery Consulting which is dedicated to the thoughtful development of nonprofit and governmental organizations so that they better serve the community.  Recent projects include: Heritage Housing Partners - community engagement and education around affordable housing projects; Arlington Garden - guided its mission/vision statement development and strategic planning process; and the Altadena Library District Community Conversations - imagining how the community could be improved through listening sessions and dialogue.

 

In addition, Brian is an Adjunct Professor at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. He teaches in the Advocacy/Social Justice and Human Development Departments and has taught a wide range of courses including ‘Social Media, Technology and Social Justice’, ‘The History of Social Justice Reform’ and ‘The Elder Years’.