Bryan Long, Executive Director
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 well versed on social marketing, a skill which took him to the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008. Bryan’s two plus years at CNN.com honed his ability to work under pressure as he served as Writer/Editor for CNN.com’s breaking news team, where he covered such wide-ranging topics as the war in Iraq and its aftermath; the rebuilding of New York’s post-September 11 skyline; the safety of biotech labs after the nation’s anthrax scares; and the 2004 Presidential race and election. He was co-writer and co-editor for CNN.com’s first blog, a political and celebrity-filled report from the halls of Boston’s Fleet Center at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In October 2009, Bryan spent a week studying clean water projects in Haiti for Pure Water for the World and Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club. Bryan is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2012. He also serves on the Board of Directors for AID Atlanta, an organization that fights against the AIDS epidemic in metro Atlanta. 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.