Sam Brennan

Design Director


As a Design Director at Civilla, Sam Brennan takes the lead in growing the team’s federal portfolio. Previously, he was a key leader in the redesign of Michigan’s benefits application, renewals, and correspondence. He also led the team’s effort to enable same-day processing for benefits across the state.

Sam came to Civilla with a background in public service, working as a team lead for City Year Detroit in 2012 and as a Challenge Detroit Fellow in 2013. He specializes in policy analysis – diving deep on requirements, identifying opportunities to streamline systems, and helping the team understand what’s possible. Sam holds a degree from Kalamazoo College where he studied anthropology.

At Civilla, Sam is driven by collaborating with partners to bring forward beautiful design solutions that meet user needs. He's also a former professional ultimate frisbee player who can handle just about anything you throw his way.