Born in Flatbush and raised by a single Jamaican mother
Born in Flatbush and raised by a single Jamaican mother, Brian knows the struggles of working families in the city and the obstacles that immigrants face on a daily basis. Brian was educated in the New York City public school system and has seen firsthand the lack of resources in his community. This inspired him to pursue social and economic justice and he has dedicated his life to giving back to the community that nurtured him.
Brian began his career as an advocate counselor for CAMBA, assisting at-potential young people reach their academic goals and overcoming barriers. During this time, he learned the challenges his students faced was a microcosm of a larger systematic failure of our current public education system and he pursued a solution-oriented approach. He served as a senior aide to State Senator Kevin Parker where he had firsthand experience in the legislative process. During this time, he was an advocate for vocational programming that trained underprivileged youth for green-color and tech careers. Later, Brian served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Laurie Cumbo where he spearheaded initiatives for affordable housing, women’s issues, and small businesses.
Returning to the nonprofit sector, Brian helped secure funding for affordable housing with Nazareth Housing.
Returning to the nonprofit sector, Brian helped secure funding for affordable housing with Nazareth Housing. After, Brian received the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as an Aide to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, mentoring and providing resources to underserved youth across the nation. Currently, Brian is the Director of Neighbors in Action, a project of the Center for Court Innovation and the home of Save Our Streets Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is lacking our fair share of resources. After discussing with his wife Stephanie, they decided to run for the New York City Council. Our community needs to be represented by people from the neighborhood and understands our needs. We can’t wait for progress, we must lay the groundwork for it. We need social, criminal, and economic justice now.