Brianna McGowan is a developer, poet, data scientist, advocate, and dancer passionate about intersecting worlds and building Equitism. She encourages people to boldly envision a future that defies the status quo. She code’s to move women and people of color into tech, and change the face of the industry. She is committed to projects that promote social responsibility and community vibrancy. She is the Cofounder & Chief Technology Officer of Delicious Democracy: DC’s Creative Advocacy Lab. She is the Python Director for Women Who Code D.C. and a volunteer for Black Girls Code. She attends hackathons, writes poetry, teach modern dance, and advocate for D.C. Statehood and Ranked Choice Voting. She gave a TEDx talk on “Know Your Values in the Age of Automation.”
Sam Bonar is a comedic strategist who helps politicians and leaders use improvisation, radical play, gaming, and joyful tech to move the needle in campaigns and advocacy. He is a systems tinkerer, bard activist DC Statehood and ranked choice voting advocate, and miscommunication consultant helping to build an ecosystem for a more Delicious Democracy. Sam is the Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer of Delicious Democracy, a creative advocacy lab where they experiment against cultural apathy, fusing big structural change with personal transformation. In comedy, he is the headline performer at Washington Improv Theater. He teaches, coaches, and leads organizational workshops honing various skills: authenticity, agility, communication and active listening, team building and collaboration, and understanding the role of comedy within drama and how to more effectively use your political voice.