Brendan Creamer

Communications Officer

As a communications officer for Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Brendan advances Ascend’s use of strategic communications through partnership development, digital and social media platforms, as well as media relations to advance policy and practice solutions that improve family economic security.

Prior to joining Ascend in 2021, Brendan worked in the Brand Marketing department at Feeding America and served as a Campaign Manager at the Ad Council. At the Ad Council, Brendan mobilized federal government agencies, nonprofits, corporate partners, ad agencies, and media companies to develop and support national multi-media public-service campaigns. His campaigns addressed urgent public issues such as combatting the opioid epidemic, raising awareness about retirement savings, and educating the public about the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Brendan’s docket focused on working with various federal government agencies on family and community topics like encouraging families to experience nature, educating parents about the right car seat for their child, and recruiting adoptive parents for teens in foster care.

Brendan is based out of his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Outside of work, Brendan loves swimming, biking, playing board games, exploring with his dog, and watching movies.

Favorite Part of my Role

I love that I get to be surrounded by and learn from brilliant leaders working to create more equitable policies and systems for children and families to thrive. I am consistently inspired by the stories of parent and caregiver leaders who are using their experiences to advocate for better outcomes for others.

Stories featuring Brendan Creamer

The 2Gen Accelerator Community is a new effort bringing together 15 local and national organizations with best practices for two-generation (2Gen) or ...
Press ReleasesDecember 6, 2023
The Twomey family from the Crann Centre
Three Ascend Network Partners offer proven, practical examples of how to use a 2Gen approach when working together with families with disabilities.
Ascend NetworkNovember 8, 2023
Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) released the second season of “1 in 5,” its highly rated podcast that explores the multifaceted live...
Press ReleasesMarch 20, 2023
Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) released the second season of “1 in 5,” its highly rated podcast that explores the multifaceted live...
Press ReleasesDecember 1, 2022
Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) announced that 11 new Parent Advisors have joined its Postsecondary Success for Parents initiative (PSP)...
Press ReleasesSeptember 29, 2022
Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their...
Ascend FellowshipJanuary 21, 2022
Two-generation approaches (2Gen) meaningfully engage and listen to families as equal partners in setting and achieving family goals. Family expertise ...
BlogAugust 3, 2021
A new report released today by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) takes stock of the two-generation (2Gen) field. It analyzes what has been accomp...
BlogJune 7, 2021
Ascend at the Aspen Institute and The Jed Foundation Release a New Mental Health Framework with Recommendations for Supporting the Mental Health of St...
BlogMay 26, 2021