Brandon was born and raised in the Stockton/Manteca area of the Central Valley but has lived in the Bay Area for ten years. He attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton and San Jose State University, from which he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. His Master's thesis studied the development of urban community garden policies. Being an avid gardener and member of a community garden, anything relating to urban agriculture is one of his main interests.
Prior to coming to Good City, Brandon previously worked for the City of Milpitas in Recreation Services and later in the Planning department. While working in the latter, he handled day-to-day front counter services, as well as a variety of long-term projects. This included coordinating community outreach for the City's General Plan Update, as well as conducting an original land use survey of the Milpitas Midtown District. During his tenure, he was awarded the City employee "Rising Star" award for his efforts in the department.
In 2019, Brandon had the opportunity to briefly work as a research and GIS assistant for One San Mateo in a collaboration effort with various Bay Area housing nonprofits. This work delved into the history of housing discrimination on the Peninsula. The nonprofit coalition hosted a presentation by Richard Rothstein, the author of The Color of Law, where Brandon's work was featured, and he was also asked to be a speaker.
Brandon was recently placed at the City of San Bruno, where he will fill an assistant planner role.