Brandon McKoy

mckoy small for website 200x200Brandon McKoy, Director of Government and Public Affairs, helps to ensure that NJPP’s research, advocacy and government relations activities are successfully driving a state policy agenda for economic justice and shared prosperity. He also produces timely, credible and accessible research and analysis on issues including, but not limited to, economic security, the social safety net and economic opportunity.

Brandon’s research interests include: the minimum wage, paid sick leave, the earned income tax credit, equitable internet access, affordable housing, urban planning and criminal justice.

Before joining NJPP in August 2014 as a national fellow under the State Priorities Partnership’s and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ state policy fellowship program, Brandon worked as a Program Associate at The Fund for New Jersey, where he assisted in grantmaking on public policy issues that particularly affect low-income and minority populations in New Jersey. He also worked as an AmeriCorps Vista at HANDS, Inc., a community development corporation in New Jersey, where he worked to mitigate the negative impact of foreclosures and increase citizen participation in local decision-making.

Brandon is currently the Deputy Chapter Director of New Leaders Council – New Jersey and on the Board of the New Jersey Work Environment Council and I Am Trenton. He received a MA in City & Regional Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and holds a BS degree in Social Psychology from The College of New Jersey.

Email: mckoy (at) | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 14


The Fight For $15 Gains Momentum in the Garden State

Over the past few weeks, Essex and Hudson Counties have passed resolutions calling on the state to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and more counties and towns are set to follow soon.

Fact Sheet: New Jersey Working Families Still Struggling

Poverty remains at record levels, incomes are down and New Jerseyans remain stretched thin as recovery lags.

Too Many New Jerseyans Struggling to Make Ends Meet in This Down Economy

Poverty in New Jersey decreased slightly in 2014, but remains far higher than it was before the Great Recession and 15 years ago, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released today.

Op-Ed: Guaranteeing Earned Sick Days For All New Jerseyans is a No-Brainer

If other advanced nations can ensure a quality of life that promotes health, happiness and family values for all of their citizens, so can we – and we should. If businesses in other countries can support their workers in this way, then so can ours – and they should.

$15 Minimum Wage Makes it to Congress. Here’s How It Would Help New Jersey Workers

While New Jersey’s minimum wage, at $8.38 an hour, is thankfully higher than the federal floor and, crucially, tied to increasing costs of living, it is sorely inadequate for workers in this high-cost state.