Dr. Lori A. Brainard is an Associate Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at The George Washington University. She has a Ph.D. Degree in Politics and has expertise in Public Administration and on the use of web technologies by citizens, self-organized groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies (specifically municipal/urban police) for civic engagement. She has numerous peer reviewed publications, including journal articles and book chapters, won (with colleagues) the Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize and an Emerald Lyterati Award for Outstanding Paper. Her work appears on syllabi nationally and internationally. She has been an invited speaker and/or keynote speaker at national and international conferences (England, France, Japan) and has provided training in public administration practice and civic participation to high ranking public service professionals from Poland; Serbia; China (multiple times); Brazil (multiple times); and Haiti. Her teaching, at the Masters and Doctoral level, focuses on public administration, professional values, and civic engagement and she has also taught courses on Legislative Management and Regulation. She was awarded the 2019 Social Justice Curriculum Award by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. Her current research is on use of social media for civic engagement by young people, including Millennials and Generation Z. Specific projects include research on civic engagement by Black Millennials and social media advocacy by surviving students of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.