A native Nebraskan, Brennen joined Kissel Kohout ES Associates in November of 2017 with over a decade of previous experience in the Nebraska public policy arena. He most recently served as Policy Research Associate at First Five Nebraska, an early childhood education policy non-profit. His role included assisting in the development and execution of their annual legislative package, policy research, and political strategy.
Prior to his joining First Five, Brennen served as a staffer in the Nebraska Legislature beginning as a Legislative Page during college. He then served as an aide to Senators Abbie Cornett, Sue Crawford, and as the Clerk to the Health and Human Services Committee under the leadership of Senator Kathy Campbell.
Brennen resides in central Lincoln with his dog, Bosworth. He can often be found downtown for First Friday art events, concerts, or long dinners. During warmer months he is a frequent golfer, and enjoys spending time at his family’s summer home in northern Minnesota.
- Serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sheldon Art Association at the Sheldon Museum of Art
- Member of the Lincoln Gridiron Association
- Alumni to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Former member of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Board
As noted on Gallup’s home page, the Clifton StrengthsFinder identifies what we naturally do best. It provides customized results that name our unique talents. It shows us how to succeed by turning our talents into strengths. Here are the “power and edge” of my talents, according to the StrengthsFinder:
People with Input talents bring tools that can facilitate growth and performance. They love to provide relevant and tangible help to others. Their resourcefulness and curiosity lead them to store knowledge that can be culled and shared
Woo talents being energy to social situations. They can connect with others and act as catalysts in helping people connect with one another. They have an exceptional ability to draw others out of their shell.
There is power in Positivity. People with dominate Positivity talents have an infectious energy and enthusiasm. Simply stated, everyone feels better about life when they are around.
People with strong Individualization talents notice and appreciate the unique characteristics of each person and can customize their approach accordingly. Like a casting director, they use their intelligence about people to position them to do what they do best. This creates a type of team synergy that leads to a more enjoyable experience and increased effectiveness.
The genius of people with Adaptability talents lies in the way they respond to chaos: They can quickly change and respond to circumstances that would frighten or intimidate others. People with high Adaptability find ways to keep moving forward when the unexpected happens. Their natural ability to be in the moment can help others see the way forward.
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