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I’m Full Time at The Kettering Foundation

January 28, 2013 · 16 Comments

I’m delighted to report that, as of February 1, 2013 I’ll be a full-time staff member of the Kettering Foundation, a research foundation that studies democracy. I have had a relationship with the Foundation since 1998, and have been an Associate of theirs since 2005.

As a consequence of this, I am shutting down my firm, The Mannakee Circle Group. I’ve had wonderful clients over these years since 2003 when I struck out on my own – not only including Kettering but United Way Worldwide, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, the Case Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Everyday Democracy, the Northwest Area Foundation, the Darden School of Business and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership both at the University of Virginia, and more.

It’s with glad heart yet with a certain amount of wistfulness that I say “farewell” to these close friends.

I will remain an active participant in the dialogue and deliberation community, and I look forward to continuing my relationships with individuals and organizations throughout this field.

Here’s the bio that they are posting at their site (won’t be live until 2/1), which gives a sense of my duties:

Photo by Melinda Gilmore

Photo by Melinda Gilmore

Brad Rourke is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. His work includes studies of naming and framing issues in public terms and how people make decisions and work together on shared challenges in communities. Rourke is executive editor of the National Issues Forums issue books as well as other issue books produced for public deliberation.

Rourke has written and cowritten a number of articles and op-ed pieces, appearing in print publications such as The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Foundation News and Commentary, Campaigns & Elections, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He contributed a chapter on the ethics of citizenship to Shades of Gray (Brookings Institution, 2002). He has spoken at the National Press Club, the Brookings Institution, and the Chautauqua Institution. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Rourke has been a Kettering Associate since 2005. Prior to joining the foundation, Rourke was president of the Mannakee Circle Group, a public issues firm with clients from a cross section of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He was founder and publisher of Rockville Central, a hyperlocal news source he began in June 2007 that became the second most-read local blog in Maryland. He helped design and regularly participated as a lecturer in the bipartisan candidate training program of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Rourke was senior project manager and then director of external initiatives at The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and vice president for public policy at the Institute for Global Ethics. He has served on the staffs of then-controller of California Gray Davis and Congresswoman Jane Harman and as deputy California campaign manager for the National Health Care Campaign.

Rourke received his BA in comparative literature from UC Berkeley.

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  • http://www.intellitics.com/ Tim Bonnemann

    Congrats!

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thanks Tim!

  • Donna Rae

    They are lucky to have you. Enjoy the ability to focus in one institution.

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      That’s so kind, Donna Rae. Thank you.

  • Jean Burkhardt

    and I ditto Donna Rae!  what a fun team we had in developing the community discussion guide on poverty for Horizons.  all the best in this new adventure!

    Jean Burkhardt

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thank you Jean! I remain very proud of our work together.

  • Kathy M.

    Congratulations Brad

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thanks Kathy!

  • Dlondon

    Wonderful, Brad.  Sounds right down your alley.  Stay in touch!  

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thank you Donna!

  • Brigitta Mullican

     Congratulations.  Does this mean you will travel less or more?
    -Brigitta

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thanks Brigitta! About the same travel, I am thinking. In Dayton for some portion of at least 3 weeks per month.

  • Myshel Prasad

    Congratulations, Brad!

    • http://blog.bradrourke.com Brad Rourke

      Thank you Myshel!

  • Mike Knepler

    Congratulations, Brad, on such an exciting move. I’m looking forward to reading more about your activities at Kettering. I still miss your inspring Rockville Central.
    Mike Knepler

  • http://www.facebook.com/mica.stark.3 Mica Stark

    congrats Brad