Background: Brandon Lewis is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2018, Brandon worked as the Manager of Education and Health Policy at the National Urban League, where he shaped the League’s educational equity agenda and analysis of the Every Student Succeeds Act. He began his career as an educator and Teach For America corps member in Houston, TX, where he focused on developing a culturally responsive classroom in which students were both intellectually challenged and culturally embraced.
Prior to joining the National Urban League, Brandon was Regional Organizing Director with Hillary for America, serving the South Carolina and Florida organizing teams. As a community organizer, he worked with local grassroots leaders and activists to build diverse coalitions, expand voting access, and develop volunteer teams. He is a former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern and Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University.
Why I do this work: I believe that a high-quality education is the best tool for historically marginalized communities to challenge the status quo and build a more equitable, fair society. I do this work because I believe that there are key policy changes we can make right now to remove the barriers to a high-quality education for all students.