Born in Flatbush and raised by a single Jamaican mother
Born in Flatbush and raised by Jamaican immigrant parents, Brian knows the struggles of working families in the city and the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Brian was educated in the New York City public school system and has seen firsthand the lack of resources in his community. This inspired him to pursue social and economic justice as he has dedicated his life to giving back to the community that nurtured him.
Brian began his career as an advocate counselor for CAMBA, assisting at-potential young people reach their academic goals and overcome barriers. During this time, he learned that the challenges his students faced were a microcosm of a larger systematic failure of our public education system and he pursued a solution-oriented approach.
Returning to the nonprofit sector, Brian helped secure funding for affordable housing with Nazareth Housing.
He has served as a senior aide in numerous legislative offices from the New York State Senate to the New York City Council, where he was an advocate for vocational programming that trained underprivileged youth for green-color and tech careers and spearheaded initiatives for affordable housing, women’s issues, and small businesses.
Returning to the nonprofit sector, Brian helped secure funding for affordable housing with Nazareth Housing. After, Brian received the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as an Aide to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, mentoring and providing resources to underserved youth across the nation.
Before being elected to the New York State Assembly, Brian was the Director of Neighbors in Action, a project of the Center for Court Innovation and the home of Save Our Streets Brooklyn.