A graduate of Earlham College in Richmond Indiana, Brandon McClendon received his B.A. in Arts, Activism, and Community Empowerment. He has a long history of community service through his work as an intern, counselor, and Youth Advisory Council member with Oasis Youth Opportunity Center in Nashville, TN. He has been currently working as a counselor and teaching assistant with the Summer Institute for the Gifted in Berkeley, CA where he supports special programming, provides one-on-one support, and helps increase academic performance in gifted students from various parts of the world. Brandon also served as a Bonner Congress Representative from 2014-2017 with the Bonner Scholar’s Program and was the student keynote speaker at the 2014 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute at Berry College. Brandon’s hobbies include dancing, running, and storytelling. He was part of the Northside cohort, and served at A+ Schools.