Recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship
Brandon was drawn to Johns Hopkins SAIS for its renowned reputation and strong Strategic Studies program well-suited to his specific interests in international affairs and security. As a former combat engineer in the United States Army Reserve and with an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Florida International University, Brandon brings valuable experience to his graduate studies. Another contributing factor was the school’s emphasis in International Economics, which he felt would make him a well-rounded graduate when entering the work force.
The Strategic Studies program offers Brandon engaging opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Most recently, he served as a Research Lead for the 2016 Fall Staff Ride to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he learned more about the Civil War campaign alongside classmates and professors. These staff rides are run largely by students and allow participants to learn more about past conflicts by visiting battlegrounds and re-enacting key moments.
After graduation, Brandon plans on working for the federal government in some capacity. As a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship, he hopes to use the exciting opportunity to begin a career in public service.