Brandon Brice, Mr. Brice, Brandon Brice
After a nearly decade in politics, Brandon Brice has decided to help veterans, school reformers, and small business owners through his work in media.
As a 19 year-old college student Brandon Brice majored in business at Howard University in Washington, DC. Soon after Brice was on Capitol Hill as an intern for House Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL), while a fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
A fellowship at the United Nations brought Brandon Brice to New York where he’d eventually earn a Masters in International Affairs from Rutgers University as a fellow of their Eagleton Institute for Politics. Upon gaining experience through various community organizing and professional positions Brandon Brice felt prepared for a second graduate degree, an Executive Master of Public Affairs degree from Columbia University.
Armed with some experience and pursuing an Ivy League educational credential, Brandon Brice became one of the founding bloggers at HipHopRepublican.com where he challenged his peers to and fellow music and culture enthusiasts to look at issues through a politically conservative lens.
Coming from a working-class family in Detroithe knew he wanted to make a difference in people’s everyday lives, the way his mom and dad did, a registered nurse and state trooper respectively. So when Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) tapped Brandon Brice for a hybrid role as Director of African American Affairs and Education Policy Liaison for the Office of the Governor, Brandon Brice promptly rose to the challenge.
Brandon Brice describes those days as: ”Challenging because I had to walk a fine line to bring consensus for everyone at the table, in terms of black constituent groups, Ed-Reform groups, and the Administration, but we got it done and I’m very proud of those accomplishments”
Brandon Brice immediately took to the educational policy aspect of his post, implementing 24 education reform programs on behalf of the governor, managed more than 2000 constituent relationships with key African-American stakeholders, and created a 15 member special advisory committee to advance the governor’s school reforms through the state legislature.
Prior to the appointment of Commissioner Richard Constable (cabinet member), Brandon Brice was the highest-ranking black staffer in the Christie Administration. For his stint at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Brandon Brice was Property Representative in the Real Estate Unit working under the now disgraced David Wildstein.
Eventually being proverbially chewed up and spit out by the injustices of the political world, Brandon Brice opted to return to the non-profit sector to make an impact for America’s — often unsung heroes — military veterans.
Since veterans needed additional education to re-enter the civilian workforce Brice says he knew he could support the mission of the Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia and relocated to Atlanta.
As their Director of Strategic Partnerships, Brandon Brice maintained a million dollar budget to provide temporary housing for veterans assimilating back into civilian life. The organization also offered educational programs to assist returning veterans as well. As a collaborative result the White House and former US President Jimmy Carter, a fellow Georgian, recently recognized the organization.
Brandon Brice says: “I will continue raising awareness for the issues I believe in, education reform, small business advocacy, and supporting our veterans, through my work in media while I explore some upcoming long-term opportunities in those areas”.
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