Mark is Founder and Director of Educate Young Voters. He studied acting at Columbia College Chicago and The Second City. Breland has done acting work for Pepsi and the movie Barbershop. In his formative years Breland participated in church choir, show choir, and band. Breland studied Hip Hop Dance at both Hubbard Street Dance and Visceral Dance Center. His music as a former DJ has accumulated thousands of plays on social media. At Chicago’s Wright Foundation: For the Realization of Human Potential, Breland completed a year of Social and Emotional Learning. In his network, Breland is connected with artists that have worked with Grammy Award Winners, and have thousands of social media followers.
Director of Communications
Zara is a dynamic and accomplished professional known for her expertise in social media and digital marketing, combined with a rich background in the realm politics. She graduated from the University of Georgia, with a degree in Public Relations at the Grady School of Journalism. Cooney began her journey in Colorado, where she wrote press releases for the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate. Over her career, Cooney has worked as Public Relations Manager and Marketing and Social Media Director for companies such as Artwork Archive and Live World Holdings. Zara transitioned back into government, where she assumed the role of Head of Communications for the Colorado Secretary of States Business Intelligence Center. Cooney currently is the Director of Zara Cooney Creative.