By K. Levek
Over the years, political operatives have climbed to the heights of launching dozens of successful consulting firms, guiding hundreds of successful state and federal campaigns. Brandon T. Todd, 31, is the Ward 4 Democrats President and is a star on the rise.
Currently, Todd is the Finance Director for Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s campaign to become mayor. Bowser recently won the April 1st Democratic primary, in which Todd said, “It was such a great experience and I can’t wait for the general!”
Todd, a native of the District, is a graduate of Eastern Senior High School in Northeast and holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., and an MBA from Trinity Washington University in Northeast. Before his current role as Bowser’s finance director, Todd worked in her council office as a special assistant and former Director of Community Affairs. He also worked as the Director of Community Affairs for Bowser and served as her campaign manager for her successful re-election in 2012.
He says he is involved in politics to make a difference. “I want to bring awareness to people my age, who sometimes, aren’t the most politically engaged.” And he has been serving in various roles that will allow him to bring greater awareness to the political issues facing the city. He has served on many leadership boards including the D.C. Chapters of the Urban League, NAACP and Art for Our Children to name a few. In 2012, he served as a District of Columbia delegate for President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Todd has worked tirelessly since being elected President of the Ward 4 Democrats June 5, 2013. He has raised awareness of the organization, successfully launching a new website and twitter page in an attempt to reach younger Democrats in Ward 4. The group has raised money to propel the Democratic Party’s platform and message; they’ve held several voter registration drives at local community events and farmers markets; attendance at monthly meetings has doubled, and the group has engaged hundreds of Democrats in just one short year. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as Ward 4 Democrats President, and for the opportunity to engage my peers in the political process”, said Todd.
Todd did say that he is interested in expanding the focus of the Ward 4 Democrats. “I want to leave a legacy of leadership and growth to the organization after my tenure. I believe in the value of adding something meaningful that will be able to continue after I am gone.” He said he will continue to work closely with the residents of Ward 4 and work hard for the Democratic party. “There’s a lot more work we can do, but we all have to get to work.”