Before joining the National Minority Quality Forum as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO, E. Brandon Garrett served as a Managing Director at Paladin Healthcare Capital, where he completed hospital and healthcare acquisitions across the United States. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02). As the Congresswoman’s chief advisor, he led the 22-person official staff and 100 plus person campaign staff and volunteers on strategy, policy and communications. He also served as Executive Editor the 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. As the Executive Director, he tripled the amount of giving the non-profit received and expanded their reach leading health programs and workshops across the nation.
Brandon began his career on Capitol Hill over 10 years ago as Policy Adviser to Ways and Means Committee Member Congressman William Jefferson (LA-02), his hometown United States Representative, working primarily on economic development for a post-Katrina New Orleans and myriad of tax, financial services and appropriations issues. He then served as Legislative Director to Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and then Policy Director for the 44-member Congressional Black Caucus led by Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), leading on economic development issues. Brandon served as the Executive Editor the CBC’s Budget Commission Report on Economic and Wealth Development and led on policy priorities and business development for the CBC’s For the People Jobs Initiative–a national tour focusing on practical policy solutions to improve the employment rate.
Immediately preceding his work with Congresswoman Kelly, he worked for Vice President Joe Biden as his policy director and political advisor during the 2012 Obama-Biden re-election, working on debate preparation and rapid response and political outreach advisor for the inauguration.
Originally from the Greater New Orleans area, Brandon attended undergrad at Texas A&M University, graduate school at North Carolina State University and spent his stint in law school at Louisiana State University. Brandon currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Xavier University of Louisiana and a member of Leadership Greater Washington and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He has consulted several businesses and non-profit organizations on strategy and business development including the State of Qatar and the National Medical Association. Brandon has received numerous awards for his work in business and public policy including the CBC Foundation’s Health Staffer Award, Congressional Staff Association’s Leadership in Public Policy award, 114th Congress Stennis Fellow and Top 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health. Finally, he has been a featured speaker at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy, and the Susan G. Komen Public Policy & Leadership Summit.