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Brandon serves as the Project Director for Big Picture Learning’s HERE to HERE initiative. The HERE to HERE initiative seeks to reimagine systems of education and create greater access to career connected learning experiences for NYC students. Brandon leads HERE to HERE's K-12 efforts to advance youth talent development by elevating work based learning practices, advocating for policies that hasten systems change, and leveraging private funding to support public schools and related programs. Brandon also serves as the 2022 Co-Chair of the NYC Work-Based Learning Coalition (WBLC), a group of young people, educators, researchers, advocates, and others advocating to increase equity, quality, and access to work-based learning (WBL) opportunities that prepare all young New Yorkers for career success and economic security in a rapidly changing labor market.

Prior to HERE to HERE, Brandon has worked to improve education outcomes for young people through strategy, innovation, and leadership for over a decade. Brandon held an extended tenure in education, working at varying levels within Boston Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Brandon began his career in education serving as a High School History Teacher. He would go on to serve as Boston Public Schools’ Director of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs and Director of Network Academics. Brandon would later join the NYC Department of Education serving in various roles including Chief of Staff for the First Deputy Chancellor, Senior Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Interim Acting Director of NYC My Brother’s Keeper.

Throughout his career, Brandon has positioned himself as an educator, thought leader, and advocate for quality alliances that drive positive outcomes for young people. Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s in Education from Boston College.

Brandon Slaughter

Program Director, HERE to HERE