Danker is helping to advance the organization’s mission to inspire political leaders that more accurately resemble the diversity of the communities they represent. According to Time to Run, the average American is 38 years old, but the average age in Congress is 57, and in the U.S. Senate, it’s 62. 

Danker speaks at event
Danker commits roughly 10 to 20 hours a week of nonprofit work; here he speaks at a fundraiser for Time to Run. Photo by Time to Run.

“A lot of the training for running for office isn’t catered to everyday individuals like the working class or young people,” Danker said. “It could be hours-long online seminars or networking events that require travel and thousands of dollars to attend. A single parent or someone with a full-time job can’t commit to those things, but it’s a lot easier for them to watch a 5-minute video.”  

Danker is equally active on-campus as he is off-campus. An aspiring law student, Danker serves as editor-in-chief for the Brown Undergraduate Law Review. He’s also one of four undergraduate research assistants working at Brown’s Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy to analyze voting legislation’s effects on marginalized communities. Most recently, Danker formed a new pre-law society at the University to help first-generation college students successfully apply to law school.

Beyond that, Brown’s Open Curriculum has allowed him to explore new interests and learn a new language, he said.

“At Brown, I can focus on the things that I’m passionate about while also being free to explore English and economics courses — and I’ve started to learn Arabic, too,” he said. “I don’t think I could have done that anywhere else but Brown.”

While he’s still considering what comes next, whether he works as an attorney, policymaker or community advocate, he’s grateful for having the opportunity to address issues that impact the Providence community.

“It’s important that we, as Brown students, actively and positively contribute to the local community,” Danker said. “I think a great way to do that is to get involved in local advocacy and help fight for the issues that the community members are facing — and I’m glad I’ve had that opportunity to jump into those spaces.”