My name is Brian McDermott. I’m a second-year student at American University studying communications, legal institutions, economics, and government. I’m a part of the School of Public Affairs’ three-year Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program as well as the school’s Leadership Program.
I am deeply committed to becoming an accomplished leader, as I have demonstrated through a number of the positions and recognitions that I achieved in college and high school. As a Boy Scout, I spent seven years pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. To achieve this, I had to demonstrate strong citizenship, character, and dedication. In the Boy Scouts, I also took on the greatest leadership challenge of my life so far, serving as Senior Patrol Leader. As the SPL, I spent countless hours managing all aspects of my large troop, learning about my own strengths and leadership style, and developing the troop’s future leaders. Also in high school, I began participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, earning promotions with the group each year until I became an Executive Student Director in 2016, overseeing programming and logistical aspects of this weekend-long leadership development opportunity for approximately 150 Massachusetts and Rhode Island high school students.
I am also dedicated to growing as an active citizen and advocate. I am the Energy & Environment Policy Coordinator for the Roosevelt Network, the country’s largest student-led public policy think tank. In this role, I support and empower students across Roosevelt’s 10,000+ student network to make meaningful progressive policy change. At Roosevelt’s chapter at American University, I oversee all of the chapter’s policy projects.
I continue to pursue new opportunities to grow as a leader and activist everyday now in Washington, DC, participating in events with the American University College Democrats, Fossil Free AU, the Roosevelt Institute at American University, and other organizations.
I hope to continue to use my skills and knowledge to improve the world around me.