Born and raised on Detroit’s East Side to a working-class union family, Branden has been involved in faith, electoral and community organizing projects throughout the United States for over 10 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Detroit Action.
Previously, Branden was the Deputy Organizing Director in charge of Youth Voting for the Hillary For Michigan 2016 presidential campaign, the Deputy Campaign Manager for the groundbreaking Gilchrist for Detroit City Clerk campaign, as well as the Statewide Director of Organizing for Michigan United. Branden’s commitment to democracy and racial justice is fueled, in great part, by his experiences as a Detroiter and that of other Detroiters who have endured poverty and the criminal justice system.
He believes in the power of bringing our communities together and challenging leaders to go from victims to victors by engaging the systems and policies that impact our lives.
- “We Make Michigan Coalition mobilizes to make sure every vote is counted” on WUOM Michigan Radio
- “Michigan Election 2020 Live Updates: Voter turnout of at least 5.26 million is a record” in the Detroit Free Press
- “Biden’s Test In Michigan: Winning Over Black And Brown Voters Disillusioned In 2016” on NPR
- “On the November ballot: Detroit’s Proposal N is all about fighting blight” on WUOM Michigan Radio
- “Black voter turnout was down in 2016. This time looks to be different.” on Vox
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