Brandon McKoy is stepping down after seven years at New Jersey Policy Perspective, where he spent the last two and a half as president, to join the senior leadership team of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) made the announcement on Sept. 28; his last day will be Oct. 21.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead NJPP through this deeply transformative chapterr,” McKoy said in a prepared statement. “Over the last few years, we have grown substantially—in funding, size, and influence—and radically reshaped the narrative on the role of state budgets in advancing racial equity. While this is a bittersweet moment, my new position will provide me a platform to counsel, strengthen, and resource NJPP and other state think tanks across the country so that they are better able to model our success.”
In November, McKoy will step into the vice president of state partnerships role at CBPP to provide strategic support to think tanks across 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
“Through his bold and strategic thinking, tireless advocacy on behalf of low-and moderate-income New Jerseyans, and commitment to racial and economic justice, Brandon has led NJPP to new heights and cemented himself as a respected leader in the State Priorities Partnership network,” said Sharon Parrott, president of CBPP, in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled to have him join CBPP where his work will continue to have a profound impact on families and communities in states across the country.”
Gov. Phil Murphy said in a prepared statement that McKoy’s departure will leave “a void in Trenton,” noting that he was “heavily involved in advocating for many of our administration’s biggest accomplishments, including enacting a pathway to the $15 minimum wage and restoring the millionaire’s tax.”
McKoy does not yet have a replacement. NJPP’s board of trustees will begin to search for a new president, the announcement said.
“NJPP was already the premier think tank in New Jersey, but under Brandon’s leadership the organization is now the North Star and leading voice on issues of racial justice,” said Marcia Marley, NJPP board chair and president of BlueWaveNJ. “While no transition is easy, NJPP is stronger than ever before thanks to Brandon’s leadership. Though we are sad to see him go, we are thrilled to see his hard work validated and excited to work with him in his new role.”
Under McKoy’s leadership, NJPP doubled its full-time staff, allowing the organization to expand its research into education, criminal and legal
systems, climate, transit, and child care; and expanded its budget by more than 75% and built a healthy financial reserve by engaging with local and
national funders invested in pursuing racial equity, the announcement said.
Progress 2021: Honoring Brandon McKoy, a celebration and send-off, will take place on Oct. 21, with reservations and sponsorship opportunities available.
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