Champions of Change

Brent Beane

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Raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Brent studied economics at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. After receiving his B.A. in 2000, he joined the Peace Corps and served as a Community Tourism Development volunteer in eastern Bolivia from 2000 to 2002.

After Peace Corps, Brent worked from 2004 to 2006 at Nur University, a private, community development-focused university founded to further Bolivia’s development and provide educational opportunities for underprivileged Bolivian youth.

Brent’s community development work in Bolivia in the Peace Corps and at Nur University inspired him to seek a Master’s degree in Community Planning, which he was awarded from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2009.

Upon graduating with his master’s degree, Brent became a VISTA volunteer with Montgomery Housing Partnership where he has served since September 2009. Through this role, Brent helps targeted low- and moderate-income neighborhoods of the county address such issues as crime prevention, local scams, and neighborhood safety and beautification. His work involves organizing residents to come together on local issues and coordinate with planners and government leaders to bring about change.

The Spanish language skills he developed through Peace Corps in Bolivia have proven invaluable in his current capacity in neighborhoods whose households are primarily non-English speaking.

He has also raised over $65,000 for MHP and has recruited over 2,000 volunteers through Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program, for which he also gave 24 talks on homelessness and affordable housing to local school and community groups and developed an interactive homelessness game.

About the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1961, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

Since that time, more than 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, continuing to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

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