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Danny Fisher-Bruns

Senior Associate, Advisory Services
Danny is a facilitator, educator, and organizational change leader. As a Senior Associate for Advisory Services, he has the great pleasure of working with communities across the country to unlock solutions to challenging and deeply rooted systemic challenges. 
Prior to joining The Democracy Collaborative, Danny worked with Seattle Children's Hospital, as a Sustainability Fellow and later as a consultant, to build the foundations of inclusive, place-based purchasing and hiring strategies. He has experience working with small businesses and nonprofits to implement continuous improvement initiatives, collaborative decision making processes, and programs that foster environmental and social justice. Danny holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Theater from Knox College.

Recent blog posts:
  • Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges With Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions

    Justine Porter, Danny Fisher-Bruns and Bich Ha Pham

    The Democracy Collaborative’s new report Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges with Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions discusses the role of anchor institutions and collaboratives in leveraging the power of their economic assets to address social and economic disparities and to revitalize local communities.

    The report focuses on the work of anchor institutions and partner organizations that have joined to form place-based networks, or anchor collaboratives, to develop, implement, and support shared goals and initiatives that advance equitable and inclusive economic development strategies. Anchor mission work is not easy, but our hope is that this state of the field report will provide information and assistance to groups wanting to do anchor mission work or to create anchor collaboratives.

  • January 2019 Anchor Collaborative Convening

    From January 16th to 18th, 2019 the second Anchor Collaborative Convening brought together 55 leaders and champions of anchor collaboratives from 25 communities across the US and Canada. The Democracy Collaborative would like to extend our immense gratitude to New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and to all of our participants who brought thoughtful, fun and creative energy throughout.

  • Memphis Medical District Collaborative: Catalyzing Change on a Community Level

    Danny Fisher-Bruns and Nidia Logan-Robinson

    The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is a community development organization working with partners to strengthen the communities in the Memphis Medical District.

    Between July and September 2018, The Democracy Collaborative and Innovate Memphis conducted a review of MMDC’s work during its first two years of operation. This research process was composed of a review of baseline anchor data, stakeholder surveys, and current program data; stakeholder interviews with over 30 partners, anchor staff, board members, and funders; and facilitated work sessions with MMDC staff and board members.

    The resulting case study summarizes themes from this review process, with the goal of painting an accurate picture of the scope of work currently undertaken by MMDC and its partners, and representing common themes articulated by key stakeholder groups. Document review and interview themes are supplemented by Innovate Memphis’ local context knowledge of Memphis’s economic development ecosystem and TDC’s national perspective on the field of anchor collaboratives and community wealth building.