Change Maker Diaries Mariel Brown-Fallon

 In Change Culture

What is the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?

The first thing I did was wipe off glasses because they’re always fogging up and getting so dirty—it’s very annoying. And I watered my plants. I’ve had some unfortunate luck with plants in the past. So I’m really trying to turn over a new leaf (get it?).

What’s one thing you never leave home without? 

Usually one thing I never leave home without is a winter hat because it can get really cold really fast here in Michigan and also my hair starts to get a little unruly. I wear a lot of beanies and winter hats.

Describe one challenge of your day.

One challenge is that there’s a lot going on in Congress right now with the government shutdown, DACA, and also the anniversary of Citizens United and the Women’s March. I write a lot of emails for a number of different people but a lot of them touch on similar issues. So, I think trying to capture the voice of each individual person and making sure I’m not writing the same emails over and over again can be a challenge. That’s been going on the past few days, I would say.

Describe one success of your day.

One success of the day was that it’s a really good feeling that I just was able to teach someone else how to do something. As the new person, I’ve kind of been in Learning mode, but today I got to teach Evelyn something which was really cool…the student becomes the teacher.

What projects have you worked on that you’re most proud of and why?

I’ve just been working with one specific candidate who is running for office in Pennsylvania. This candidate has not shied away from being a little bit crass and open to new ideas and taking risks. I think that when people trust you, it allows you to have creative liberty, which inevitably leads to things that are more fun and less processed. When you read something, there are sometimes that can tell if it’s polished. And I think that candidates now struggle with authenticity. Having someone who is so willing to hand you something and let you run with it has been awesome.

What is your favorite part of the day?

My favorite part of the day is usually morning meetings. More specifically, email team meetings on Monday mornings with Sara, Amy, and Evelyn are really great. These meetings allow us to lay out an agenda, get on the same page, and bounce ideas off each other, and it’s really fun! Usually we’re all on the same page, but it’s nice to have people to validate what you’re thinking.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is probably that I am an absolute political and news junkie, and I have been since I started college. I’m always annoying my friends talking about different legislative things that are happening that they don’t care about but I think are really important. Part of my job is that I have to be able to talk about a number of different issues  that candidate is going to be talking about talking about. So now I’m basically getting paid to do something that I was doing as a hobby in my spare time so that feels really incredible for me.



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