Brandon McKoy

mckoy small for website 200x200Brandon McKoy, President, is the chief executive of NJPP and leads the organization's efforts in shaping policy debates to advance economic justice for the many, not a chosen few. Prior to being named President of NJPP in February 2019, Brandon served as NJPP's Director of Government and Public Affairs, where he designed and implemented the organization's outreach, advocacy, and government relations activities. 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: state tax policy, the minimum wage, paid sick leave, the earned income tax credit, 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 formerly served as the Deputy Chapter Director of New Leaders Council – New Jersey and is an alumnus of the 2013 fellows class. He currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, Shelterforce and the I Am Trenton Community Foundation. 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


NJPP Testimony: State Disinvestment Putting College Out of Reach and Harming New Jersey’s Economy

New Jersey can once again be known for affordable and high quality higher education, but getting there means making it a priority in the state budget.

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.