Evan has a rich history in the civic engagement field.
Principally, he served as president of Mass AG Bell for five years, developing the state nonprofit into a well-known and respected organization focused on empowering deaf children.
Currently, Evan is a part of the Early Childhood Education Task Force, in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services. More information on the task force is below.
Evan also served on the board of directors for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for one three-year term, developing the organization’s new strategic plan and serving as chair of a committee for the 2014 convention.
Evan also has an involved history with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, sitting on the Board of Trustees for a year. He has conducted several seminars for students, professionals and families for Clarke, and also took on a role counseling youth.
Civic Engagement History
- 2017-present: Part of the Early Childhood Education Task Force, in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
- The Early Childhood Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Task Force is an interagency, multi-disciplinary group that collaborates to analyze data and infrastructure to make recommendations for leveraging existing resources and to identify areas of growth to improve outcomes for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
- 2017: Chaired the “Speak Up!” committee for the New England Walk4Hearing on behalf of the Hearing Loss Association of America.
- Created a “Call to Action” component for the New England Walk4Hearing
- Concepted, planned, executed project whereby children and teenagers with hearing loss wrote self-advocacy statements on tshirts, which were then displayed at the finish line – Inspiration drawn from “The Clothesline Project”
- Coordinated committee members, directed event
- 2010-2015: Resuscitated and energized dormant state 501(c)3 public non-profit (Mass AG Bell). Determined strategic direction, overhauled nonprofit initiatives and process. Directed others in event planning and implementation
- President: 2010-2015
- Past President, Board Member: 2016
- 2012-2015: Advised national organizations in his role as a board member for the Alexander Graham Bell Association of America on strategic direction, organizational vision, implementing goals and strategies to execute on mission.
- Served as Deaf and Hard of Hearing Networking Committee chair for the 2014 AG Bell Convention, developing programming.
- 2015: Served on the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech Board of Trustees, helping steward the organizations’ strategic direction and organizational vision.
- Counseled and coached professionals, educators, parents, and children on leadership, advocacy, transitions, and overall guidance in the deaf and hard of hearing field. For a sampling, see Speaking Engagements.
- Awarded Hamilton Relay‘s Better Hearing and Speech Leadership Award in 2014
- Awarded Outstanding Advocate Award by Massachusetts House of Representatives and Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2015
Volta Voices (Apr/Jun 2015): Evan discussed the importance of socializing deaf children in “Focus on Chapters, Mass AG Bell.”
Coming from a variety of mainstream schools, many of the teens who attend do not have peers with hearing loss at school and/ or have never met an adult with hearing loss. Introducing them to role models like Evan gives them a safe place to share their experiences, ask questions, and make connections that last well beyond the one-day workshop. Being a leader of this program requires a variety of skills to make the day fun, informative, and easy to follow. Evan and his co-presenter planned a day that was well balanced with opportunities for students to socialize as well as ask questions about managing life in the mainstream. Evan’s willingness to share his memories and advice from his high school and college years was well received. He addressed both his successes and challenges with humor, honesty and a positive attitude. … In my years of knowing Evan as a young student and most recently in observing his interactions with teens, I have seen him approach his work with high standards for excellence. – Melissa Griswold, teacher of the deaf