Evan Glass has been fighting for the people of Montgomery County for more than 15 years. During that time, he has engaged with all levels of the county, from organizing neighborhood associations and serving as non-profit leader to advocating for small-business growth and championing effective government.
When Evan saw that thousands of his neighbors were walking to the Metro on unsafe sidewalks and crosswalks, he helped form the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association. He successfully advocated for new infrastructure and pedestrian safety initiatives during his six years as president.
Evan was concerned that developers were building the county’s downtown areas without enough green space and that Pepco was aggressively cutting down trees, so he helped found Conservation Montgomery. As a founding board member, he successfully fought for passage of county-wide environmental regulations that protect the tree canopy and expand green spaces throughout Montgomery County.
As housing costs continued to rise, Evan got to work as vice president of the board of Montgomery Housing Partnership. Through his service, he helped create more affordable housing and expand social service programs for low-income communities.
Evan continues to be an advocate for those whose voices need to be heard. As Executive Director of the Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, Evan is empowering minority and immigrant youth to become community leaders. Since joining the organization in 2014, he has expanded its free after school programs and services throughout the Montgomery County Public Library system, reaching hundreds more students. He also created the Montgomery County Youth Media Festival, which collaborates with the Montgomery County Public School system to showcase the digital media work of middle and high school students across the county.
Evan’s commitment to his community and strong work ethic comes from his childhood. Raised in a household by a single mother who worked two jobs to provide for her family, Evan saw how hard his mother struggled. He quickly learned that women weren’t always treated fairly or given the opportunities they deserve. That experience continues to inform his views on the need for social justice today.
Evan came to Washington to attend American University, receiving degrees in journalism and political science. After a 12-year career as a CNN journalist holding Congress accountable, Evan committed his life to building a stronger Montgomery County.
Evan lives in Silver Spring with his husband, Jason, and their two rescue beagles.