Director of Strategic Projects & Digital Storytelling
At Do Big Things, Blessitt Shawn Bryant (pronouns: they/theirs) uses evidence-based digital tactics and traditional organizing principles to create online movements that spur communities to action, and helps the world’s leading nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises, such as the NAACP, The San Francisco Foundation, and NBC, design digital ecosystems that create change globally.
Prior to Do Big Things, Blessitt built a decade-long career in the nonprofit advocacy space, serving in senior digital communications and strategy roles at the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, where they served as the online voice of the Union’s International President, Mary Kay Henry (selected as one of Politico’s “Top 50 Visionaries Transforming American Politics” in 2015, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” in 2015, and ranked #4 on NPR’s Power List in 2016).
Blessitt’s commitment to social justice extends beyond the office—they are also a community organizer and a leading voice on “WYD Weekly?,” a podcast of #WeBuiltThis – an online community celebrating Black brilliance in culture, art, and politics—with their colleague Aimee, who is also known as the Kaption Kween. Blessitt serves on the boards of the Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret Historical Society & National LGBTQ Workers Center.
Blessitt is also a social media influencer changing the definition of beauty by celebrating life as an unapologetic queer style icon with cerebral palsy (featured in Qwear.com, TAGG Magazine, and Refinery29), believing that being comfortable in your own skin is always in style. In their free time they can be found promenading through Washington, DC in one of their favorite capes, dusters, or kimonos, attended by their pearl-wearing beagle, Shirley Bassey-Bryant.