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


Fact Sheet: Despite National Recovery, More New Jersey Families in Crisis

The key measurements of economic security from 2013’s Census data tell a distressing story for New Jerseyans.

Half-Million New Jerseyans Will Be Pushed Into Poverty if Congress Allows Work-Family Tax Credits to Expire

Congressional failure to renew the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) would harm nearly a half-million New Jerseyans, including more than 213,000 children.

NJPP Testimony: Earned Sick Days Policy Makes Moral, Economic and Common Sense

This legislation represents an opportunity for New Jersey to lead, and to provide all workers with the comfort of knowing that they no longer have to choose between getting paid or getting well.

Why Indexing Matters: Low-Wage New Jersey Workers to Get Pay Bump in January

After voters approved a raise of one dollar last November, the most important part of the legislation that ties future increases to inflation-indexing will take effect in three months, providing a rise in wages for hard working low-income employees across the state.

Issue Brief: Despite National Economic Recovery, Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise

As the rest of the country marches out of the Great Recession of 2009, New Jersey is almost alone in watching its condition worsen. While some gains have been made over the past several years, the “Jersey Comeback” announced years ago has stalled out, stunting the opportunities for the vast majority of working New Jerseyans. The 2013 American Community Survey data released last week by the US Census Bureau show that the state still suffers from rising levels of deep poverty, increasing income inequality and a struggling economy even as these metrics are improving for most of the nation.