Brandon A. Jessup exemplifies the power and commitment of community leadership.
A captivating and inspirational speaker, Jessup's dedication to his community has led him to the forefront of this generation's leaders.
Jessup is nationally recognized for his ability to analyze issues and information. As a bridge builder across race, ethnicity and class; Jessup's forward thinking has led to the creation of Michigan Forward a progressive public policy organization.
In 2012, Michigan Forward helped lead the campaign to collect signatures to freeze and place on the ballot the egregious Public Act 4 that was struck down in November by voters across the State. Later that year, Brandon served as the State African-American Vote Outreach Director for Organizing for America Michigan and later on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Brandon found his penchant for politics while earning his Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems at Eastern Michigan University. As a campus leader in EMU's NAACP chapter and student government Jessup led mobilization and advocacy efforts for student representation, accountability and diversity; leading to the creation of a Student Bill of Rights and a University Campus Creed. In 2005, Jessup was the recipient of NAACP Region 3, Roy Wilkins Man of the Year award.
Jessup received numerous awards for his innovation and leadership.
In 2011, his alma mater honored him as an Outstanding Young Alumnus; an award shared by EMU Alumni such as former Secretary of Transportation, Rodney Slater. He also received Freedom Institute's "Critical Thinking Award" and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan's Ninety-Sixth Legislature.
Past honors include being named a Young History Maker in 2010 and Man of Excellence in 2012, by the Michigan Chronicle and features in various web and print publications.
Brandon continues building his community through leadership and service. He is currently C.E.O of Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group, a progressive political and communications consulting firm. He is also Chairman of Michigan Forward and Treasurer of Urban Progressive Fund, a Michigan Political Action Committee.
Brandon is an Executive Board Member of the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee. He has served as a member of the Detroit Library Commission's Detroit Literacy Council, and is presently a member of the African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Democratic Party. J
essup has also served in various leadership roles for the Young Democrats of America and Michigan Young Democrats.