Brendan McCartney is an Account Associate in RALLY’s Los Angeles office, with experience in grassroots organizing, policy research and analysis, and content creation.
At RALLY, Brendan works with The California Endowment in its Building Healthy Communities initiative to rethink health at the local level. His work includes managing a statewide digital campaign and supporting the planning and execution of signature events.
Brendan first joined RALLY as a Fellow in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he also supported the Ella Baker Center’s efforts to elevate stories of formerly incarcerated individuals across Northern California. Brendan assisted in campaign strategy, media monitoring, and digital content creation.
Before moving cross-country to work at RALLY, Brendan served as a field organizer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Palm Beach, Florida. In that role, he mobilized the local community by recruiting, training, and managing a team of volunteers and interns through hundreds of phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration events.
Brendan graduated from Duke University with a double major in Public Policy and Political Science. He competed on the debate team and served as a columnist for the school newspaper. Inspiring his later campaign work, Brendan also conducted research on newly passed voter regulations in North Carolina. Through exit polling during Durham’s 2014 midterm elections, he witnessed the disenfranchising impact of convoluted voter laws firsthand.
Outside of work, Brendan spends his time writing comedy sketches, singing Fight Song, and hopelessly trying to keep up with today’s lightning-fast political news cycle. Born in New York and raised in South Carolina, he raises an eyebrow to the phrase “West Coast, Best Coast,” but has nonetheless fallen in love with both San Francisco and Los Angeles.