Evan Brunell is a civically-engaged businessman who was honored as Outstanding Advocate of the Year in 2015 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Brunell served as president of Mass AG Bell, a state nonprofit dedicated to social and advocacy-based events for deaf children and teenagers, from 2010-2015 and remains on the board as past-president. He previously served as on the board of directors and trustees, respectively, for the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.
Brunell presently works at the Worcester Polytech Institute as Communications Strategist for Undergraduate Enrollment Services. In this capacity, he analyzes and designs communication strategies, flows, and content. He also represents UES as project manager to all internal and external vendors related to communications.
He previously worked as a brand and marketing manager for Sail Energy, a holding company with several heating oil and propane properties. Brunell ascended to the position upon the purchase of his previous employer, Pioneer Oil, where he served as marketing manager. He also contributes to Pioneer Glass and Window Fashions, the family business in which he oversees all marketing, branding, and accounting efforts.
In a prior career Brunell was a baseball journalist from 2003-2014, most notably as a national baseball columnist for CBS Sports and correspondent for ESPN. He also created the first online sports network in 2003, presiding over the company for six years, and penned Fire Brand of the American League for over a decade before selling it to Bloguin. Brunell continues to freelance in journalism and presently contributes to MLB.com.
Brunell recently founded a new effort, the Deaf Access Coalition, to increase access to public life for deaf and hard of hearing people. He is profoundly deaf and wears cochlear implants, enabling him to hear. He has extremely strong speaking skills as well.
Brunell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (minor in business administration) and masters degree in public administration from Northeastern University. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit management. In 2009, he received the Jacqueline A. Kornish award for academic excellence and interest in ethics from the Northeastern School of Journalism.