Brian Cina was born and raised in northeastern New Jersey. He moved to New Hampshire in 1994 to attend Dartmouth College, where he was a Senior Fellow and graduated with an A.B. in Music. In 1998, he moved to Burlington, Vermont and served as an Americorps member at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. From 1999-2003, Cina continued working in human services, providing restorative justice and outreach to youth and families. From 2003-2005, he attended the University of Vermont, earning a Master of Social Work degree. From 2005-2010, Cina worked at Transitional Services for Youth and Families, providing family support services and supervising the social services program. Since 2010, he has operated a private practice in clinical social work/psychotherapy located in downtown Burlington. Cina is a community organizer and activist. He co-founded ISGOOD (Isham Street Gardening and Other Optimistic Doings), a neighborhood organization that has reduced crime through gardening and other community service activities since 2005. Cina has served as a School Board member from 2014-2017. He led the search for a new superintendent in 2015 and is currently the chair of the Finance Committee. Cina is also a musician and performance artist.
Beyond Bernie: DSA Electeds on Building Power with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Tuesday, May 5th, 2020.
How can democratic socialists use elected office to organize around COVID-19 and chart a path forward for the Bernie movement? DSA has helped win elections for over 100 elected officials since Bernie’s 2016 campaign, and the work is far from over even after Bernie suspended his campaign in 2020.
On our first “DSA in Office” mass call, we’ll hear DSA’s elected officials discuss organizing for a just response to the pandemic and the path forward for the left after Bernie’s historic campaign. The call will feature DSA members at all levels of office, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca (Denver, CO), Councilman Khalid Kamau (South Fulton, GA), and State Representative Brian Cina (Burlington, VT). Join us to hear how democratic socialists can meet these challenges and fight to put #PeopleOverProfit from the grassroots to the halls of Congress.