Director of Communications and Operations
Brandon Christian, an Oakland native, holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology from Merritt College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, East Bay. He is currently earning a Master of Professional Study in the Psychology of Leadership at Penn State University.
With over five years of experience providing executive-level support services for chief executive officers, Brandon excels at planning and organizing intricate work for organizations. Brandon is skilled at using his cultural competence and strategic planning skills to enhance a CEO's leadership efficacy and improve relationships across an organization.
Brandon’s project management experience includes coordinating the Oakland Fine Arts Summer School, a partnership between OUSD and the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Department. Brandon also coordinated Merritt College’s first food bank, a partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which was later renamed Merritt S.O.U.L. (Sustaining Oakland Urban Lives) to represent the role it played in healing and nourishing the community. Brandon led comprehensive leadership efforts to develop branding, build internal and external partnerships, and secure donations that helped expand the services provided by the S.O.U.L. program, which grew to serve over 300 students and community members a month.
Brandon has provided executive administrative support to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, President of Merritt College and the City of Oakland’s Director of Cultural Arts. At Peralta, Brandon was elected to the Merritt College Classified Senate and served as the senate’s secretary.
Brandon also served as the District Office’s Vice President of Peralta’s Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA). Brandon currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Village Demands Statewide Coalition on Black American Affairs as the Vice President of Technology. Brandon previously served on the executive board of the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs as the Vice President of Technology. In 2017, Brandon received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee for serving as a cultural ambassador in the second annual Peralta Community College District Student Delegation to China.