Brandon started as the Associate Director with CYCA in August 2017. He first entered the Corps world in 2010 as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps NCCC in Denver. He joined the NCCC Wildland Fire Crew and helped fight fires across all of Colorado. After falling in love with service and land conservation, and the state of Colorado, Brandon stuck around Denver and enrolled in a second term of service with an AmeriCorps State program housed at Denver Human Services. After his second term, Brandon joined a nonprofit called Playworks as a Program Manager where he oversaw 12 AmeriCorps members serving 1700-hour terms supporting low-income elementary schools around Metro Denver.
When Brandon heard about the opening at CYCA from the previous AD, Kate, he knew this was the perfect opportunity to continue his work in the AmeriCorps world and follow his true passion of helping young adults serve their communities. Managing AmeriCorps programs has been at the heart of Brandon’s career path, especially one focused on land and energy conservation. At CYCA, Brandon’s main role is to support the AmeriCorps grant and the five corps within it. He oversees grant compliance, provides technical support and training, and ensures our local corps are fully supported in running their programs.
Brandon is an alum from Metropolitan State University of Denver where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology. Originally from Ohio, Brandon loves cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bengals, although sometimes it can be quite painful. He also loves spending time with his pup Nala, whether it’s taking her on hikes, camping trips, or her favorite – car rides! Lastly, Brandon loves exploring all Colorado has to offer with his wife, Kelsey. They met in AmeriCorps NCCC in 2010 and both fell in love with Colorado and decided to settle down. They love exploring breweries, going skiing, finding remote areas to go dispersed camping, and watching their football teams usually lose.