Hello! My name is Brian L. Love. I am the new Blogger for our site, www.detroitschoolsrock.org. My passion for improving education for all of our children comes from two things: 1) The three years of work I just completed with StudentsFirst Michigan as their Outreach Director/Lobbyist and 2) Most importantly, raising my two kids in public education. I can truly say I’m on the front lines of the education fight.
I have been in professional politics for nearly seventeen years. I attended Morehouse College, where I majored in Political Science. Later, I joined the United States Marine Corps. Afterwards, my main focus had been conducting political campaigns on the local, state, and federal levels in the state of Michigan. I’ve managed and implemented community outreach operations for several legislators in the Michigan legislature. I’m proud to be a founding board member of Detroit Parent Network. I began my formal work for the Michigan Democratic Party as a political director in 2003 and as their base vote director during the 2004 Presidential campaign. Afterwards, I became the District Director for State Senator Martha G. Scott.
This experience led me to become former MI House Speaker Andy Dillon’s Urban/ External Affairs Director in 2007 thru 2010. In the fall of 2011, I returned to the Michigan House Democrats to organize for legislative special elections and fight a recall campaign. After completing those two victories. Congressman Gary Peters tapped me to be his 2012 congressional campaign manager. Through hard work and being humble, I have been blessed to have many more victories than losses. I am married to my wife Lonita, my high school sweetheart. We have two children, my son Jamario, 17 and my daughter Tori, 13.
I approach my views and work in education reform thru my lens of someone who has dealt and worked with legislators as a campaign/legislative staffer and a lobbyist. Also, add to that my honor of working with parents to empower their families and to train them to come to our state capital to tell legislators, “Fight for my child, now.”
As a Detroiter, I look forward to telling Detroit’s story with the help of those that live it everyday: Parents, Educators, Community and Business leaders. Because no matter what anyone else says, “Detroit does rock!”