Who We Are

The Institute for Social Engagement (ISe) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting civic engagement, especially among new and younger voters, and those with challenging access to polls and to clear information.

We promote a higher bar of civil discussion, and encourage people to get involved in their country’s future. We develop tools and opportunity to make informed decisions and think critically around the issues affecting our nation.

ISe works to empower members of the community to actively and effectively participate in the political process. Combining traditional grassroots strategies with modern technology, innovation, and collaborative action, ISe is committed to contributing to positive social change, and developing community organizers for the 21st century.

ISe is a think tank and creative studio developing innovative tools and opportunites for grassroots organizing.

Our Mission

The Institute for Social Engagement works to empower members of the community to actively and effectively participate in the political process. Our backgrounds in technology, behavioral science, volunteer coordination and community organizing affords us an opportunity to take a fresh look at engagement and follow-through. At times approaching serious issues with humor and innovation, ISe develops new approaches that speak to voters of all ages. 

ISe is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity within our society. We also want to understand and maximize our effectiveness, and to that end believe strongly in data-driven advocacy, initiatives and campaign focus.


ISe Leadership

sean-edwards-1 (1)Sean Edwards specializes in operations and engineering at tech startups. Originally from Portland, Maine, Sean has spent the past 4 years working with Boston-based startups to develop tools and processes that keep engineering teams effective while operating at the relentless pace of the technology sector.

Sean has expertise in distributed software and systems thinking, experience in performing arts collaboration and community, and specialization in developing systems and teams, all of which help turn vision into action. You can follow him on Twitter at @tilmonedwards. Sean@ThinkInformed.org

marjie-alonso (1)Marjie has served on many Boards of Directors, and has consulted for numerous non-profits, creating supportive development strategies, lead structures, growth initiatives and group processes for both start-up and existing organizations.

Marjie is the Executive Director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (iaabc.org) and is the co-founder of the Somerville Foundation for Animals and the Somerville Pet Food Bank, which provides pet food to at-risk and homeless families throughout Eastern New England. The Foundation also hosts the Somerville Dog Festival each year, and is developing a program offering free veterinary care to at-risk and homeless pet owners in the Great Boston area.

Along with her animal behavior and human-animal learning specialties, Marjie’s a strong advocate of civil rights and citizen involvement in government, and has been involved in volunteer work for decades. She feels coffee is an extremely important part of life. Marjie@ThinkInformed.org