HELEN BROSNAN

CO-FOUNDER

Helen Brosnan is a Co-Founder of OWN IT. She is a native New Yorker. She is a graduate of Georgetown where she majored in Government and minored in Justice & Peace Studies. Her love for politics and public service started at a young age, as evidenced by her middle school and high school Halloween costumes: Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton.

Passionate about finding innovative ways to help underserved populations, Brosnan has worked in various capacities for the Clinton Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg Government, and has interned for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Most recently, she interned for the Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications and government relations firm.

Upon graduating from Georgetown, Helen took a position on the Surrogate/Communications team at Hillary for America where she worked to help the first female presidential nominee from a major party.   

You can usually find Helen ranting about reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, talking to herself while listening to a podcast, or attempting to cook something mildly edible. She is a proud, proud member of the #ladymafia – girls who “own it” on Georgetown’s campus. 

KENDALL CIESEMIER

CO-FOUNDER

Kendall Ciesemier is a Co-Founder of OWN IT. She recently graduated from Georgetown University where she studied sociology, journalism and theology.

In addition to OWN IT, Kendall is the founder of Kids Caring 4 Kids, a non-profit she started eleven years ago that works to empower young people to help provide basic human needs to children living in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Her work has been recognized by a variety of organizations including being honored as a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine, a Zeitgeist Young Mind by Google, and the grand prize winner of Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Top Ten College Women. She has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the CBS Early Show, the Today Show, and OWN's "Where Are They Now?"

Kendall’s experiences in service have inspired her passion for journalism, as she has witnessed the transformative power of storytelling. Her mission is to tell stories that empower audiences and move them to action, on behalf of themselves, their families and their communities, both at home and abroad.

To that end, Kendall has worked for a variety media outlets including CBS This Morning, the Huffington Post, NBC's Meet The Press, MTV, FOX Chicago and Harpo Productions.