Class of 2001

Brandon Nicholson

Hometown: Oakland, CA

high school: Marin Academy

college: Princeton University

MAJOR: Public Policy

GRAD. PROGRAM: University of California, Berkeley (2010, PhD)

An Oakland native, Founding Executive Director of The Hidden Genius Project, Brandon Nicholson has always felt a deep sense of commitment to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at Social Policy Research Associates (SPRA) where he conducted research, evaluation, and analysis across a range of key social policy areas. Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for underserved populations. He has considerable experience investigating linkages among race, class, and youth development.

Brandon graduated from Princeton University with a major in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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