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


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.

Op-Ed: Market Forces Not Working for New Jersey’s Low-Wage Workers

When someone puts in 40 hours a week but ends up in a homeless shelter, at a soup kitchen or on food stamps, it’s clear that the “free market” has failed.

NJPP Testimony: It’s Time to Bring Earned Sick Leave to the Over 1 Million New Jersey Workers Without It

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.

America’s Low-Wage Workers Have Gotten Older and More Educated, But Wages Have Not Followed Suit

This enormous demographic shift in low-wage workers should lead to equally enormous shifts in policies for these folks who are working hard but not earning nearly enough to survive. Yet, in New Jersey and much of the rest of the nation, our minimum wage remains far below what’s needed to meet basic living standards.