Brandon Friedman joined the Obama administration in 2014 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Prior to serving at HUD, Brandon was a vice president in the Washington, D.C., office of FleishmanHillard where he handled corporate communications for clients in the defense and international business sectors.
From 2009 to 2012, Brandon served as the first Director of Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Inside America’s second-largest federal agency, Brandon oversaw online media and communications for a department with over 300,000 employees, serving eight million enrolled veterans.
Before joining VA, Brandon spent two years helping veterans get involved in politics at VoteVets.org. As a vice chairman, he represented the organization on national television, radio, online, and in print, advocating on a variety of defense and foreign policy related issues.
Brandon began his career in 2000 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He deployed to Pakistan soon after the attacks of September 11, 2001, leading a rifle platoon during combat in Afghanistan’s Shah-e-Kot Valley in March 2002. In 2003, he led troops during the invasion of Iraq, participating in combat and counterinsurgency operations in and around Hillah, Baghdad, Mosul, and Tal Afar.
Since 2007, Brandon has been a regular media contributor. He is the author of the combat memoir The War I Always Wanted, a work recognized in 2010 by The Military Times as one of “The Best Military Books of the Decade.” In addition to his memoir, Brandon’s writing has been featured by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Daily News, Foreign Policy, and The White House Blog.
Brandon has been profiled by The Washington Post, Stars and Stripes, and Government Executive magazine and he has been quoted by ABC News, the Associated Press, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Wired, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, and many other media outlets. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and C-SPAN, as well as on dozens of radio programs.
Brandon was selected in 2010 as a Truman National Security Fellow and designated an “emerging leader” in the federal space by Government Executive magazine in 2012. In 2013, he was named by Stars and Stripes as one of the most influential voices on Twitter for veterans policy.
Brandon holds an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.