Bryan Long, Executive Director
Bryan Long is the founding executive director of Better Georgia, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a mission to lift progressive voices in Georgia higher than the conservative propaganda machine.
Before founding Better Georgia in November 2011, Bryan started his career as a journalist, followed by more than five years with the Atlanta-based communications firm Jackson Spalding. At Jackson Spalding, Bryan managed crisis communications, corporate communications and social media for some of Atlanta’s largest and most influential companies.
Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor with CNN.com, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Bryan is a member of the 2017 class of the National Labor Leadership Initiative’s Southern Regional Program. He is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2012. He also serves on the national Board of Directors of ProgressNow and previously served on the Board of Directors for AID Atlanta, an organization that fights against the AIDS epidemic in metro Atlanta.
Bryan lives in Athens, Georgia, with his partner Alex. A native of Troy, Alabama, Bryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama upon completion of a double-major curriculum in Journalism and American Studies.
Brandon Hanick, Director of Communications
With more than eight years of communications experience and an M.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from The University of Georgia, Brandon brings a wealth of expertise in media relations, social media management and strategic marketing to Better Georgia. While living and working as an English teacher in Barcelona, Spain for three years, Brandon became fluent in Spanish and developed a deeper appreciation for the finer points of language mechanics and communication. When he’s not pushing Better Georgia’s social media efforts to new heights, bringing Georgia’s first progressive film festival to life or landing media hits in outlets like The Washington Post, The New York Times, or MSNBC, Brandon spends his time outdoors with his wife or writing, recording and performing as the songwriter and singer for his critically acclaimed bands King of Prussia and Sleeping Red Giants.
Louis Elrod, Director of Operations
As a Georgia native, Louis has been active in progres- sive causes and campaigns for nearly a decade. In 2004, Louis cofounded the Young Democrats of Habersham County, where he served as president for two years before moving to Athens in 2006. At the University of Georgia, Louis was the Communications Director for the UGA Young Democrats prior to being elected President of the chapter. He completed his two-year term as President of the Young Democrats of Georgia in April 2013, during which he initiated a groundbreaking training pro- gram and led the organization to its two best fundrais-ing years since 2007. Louis has also managed five races in Georgia, most recently managing the successful 2012 campaigns of state Representative Ronnie Mabra and Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cooke. He gradu- ated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science.
Indira Londono, Development Director
Most of Indira’s career has been spent empowering underserved communities, from her decade of experience in nonprofit leadership to her ongoing volunteer work. Originally from New York City, Indira’s journey recently took her to the Yucatan, Mexico, where she was the creative mind and Executive Director behind Fundacion de Artistas. There she established an inclusive arts environment by enabling the public through engaging programs and civic education. Indira has had a varied and extensive background in nonprofits with a proven record of success developing donors, educating supporters and building strategic partnerships for start-up and established organizations, and will use those same grassroots and entrepreneurial skills to help Better Georgia grow and make a lasting impact throughout the state.