Evan Berry
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Massachusetts Democratic Party (through December), Field Organizer

Evan is an educator and organizer dedicated to putting inclusion, humility, and justice into practice. During his undergraduate studies at McGill University, Evan found his foot in the door to teaching as an on-campus anti-oppression educator and later as a summer teaching fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, Evan graduated with a B.A. in human geography and as Arts Valedictorian of his graduating class. He then returned to the States to intern in Bernie Sanders’ Burlington Senate office. Reviewing daily correspondence from fearful people across the country in the wake of the Trump presidency further catalyzed Evan’s interest in public service and social action.

Evan headed to Brazil on a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 to teach English at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. At UFES, he also studied culturally relevant education and how American hegemony shapes global English language instruction. After his grant, he returned home to Massachusetts to work in a 7th grade English language learners’ humanities classroom at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School with City Year Boston. Evan then joined the Elizabeth Warren re-election campaign as a field organizer after his Americorps service, overseeing all voter contact efforts for 12 communities in the Greater Boston area. In this role, he also spearheaded statewide efforts to engage high school students in electoral politics.

Evan has presented at provincial and international conferences on the topics of peer-to-peer conversations about systemic oppression; the intersections of mental illness and social marginalization; and the influence of neo-imperialism in English language classrooms. He is a firm believer that grassroots organizing paired with bold, community-centered activism within our institutions of power will combat the challenges facing our world today. Outside of work, you can find Evan practicing a new language, playing piano, or treating himself to his not-so-guilty pleasure, Olive Garden.