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


Nearly One in Six New Jersey Households Struggle to Put Food on the Table

The persistence of widespread hunger nearly six years after the official end of the Great Recession is another sign that the fruits of New Jersey’s recovery have not reached those who need it the most. Far too many hardworking low-income families continue to have a difficult time getting by on a day-to-day basis.

Jersey City’s Had Earned Sick Days for a Year and the Sky Hasn’t Fallen

While business lobby groups continue to oppose earned sick days based on stale arguments that have been proven wrong over and over again, the proof that this basic workplace benefit is a boon, not a bust, for business keeps rolling in. The latest evidence comes from Jersey City.

New Data Worth Noting: New Jersey’s Middle Class is Shrinking & Personal Income Growth is Slow

The continuing struggles of New Jersey’s working families are clearly shown in two new reports worth highlighting.

Allowing Cities & Towns to Raise the Minimum Wage: The Right Move for New Jersey’s Low-Wage Workers

Local governments across the nation are taking the lead by setting minimum wages that are finally beginning to approach living wages. New Jersey’s cities and towns should at least have the choice to join them.

President Obama Calls for More Progress on Earned Sick Days. Will New Jersey Step Up to the Plate?

New Jersey policymakers should heed the president’s call to help the more than 1.2 million Garden State workers, most of whom are low-income, who lack access to earned sick days.