Branden J. Snyder

Organizer in Detroit, Michigan

Branden J. Snyder

Organizer in Detroit, Michigan

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Branden Snyder has been involved in electoral and community organizing throughout the United States for almost 10 years.

Born and raised on Detroit's East Side, Branden graduated from Lewis Cass Technical High School and the University of Michigan with a dual major in Political Science and Afro-American and African studies with a minor in Urban Community Studies. At the University of Michigan, Branden was involved in student activism and leadership as the Political Actions Chairmen of the Black Student Union, Chairmen of the Black male dialogue and volunteer organization H.E.A.D.S. and the Vice President of the UM NAACP. In addition to his studies in Ann Arbor, Branden studied History, Education and Economic Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Currently, Branden is the Lead Organizer for the Detroit Action Commonwealth (DAC) - a nonpartisan, membership organization made up of homeless, working class and formerly incarcerated Detroiters that develops individual and collective power to challenge and change root causes of poverty, homelessness, and injustice within the city. Previously, Branden was the Deputy Organizing Director for Youth Voting for the Hillary For Michigan 2016 presidential campaign as well as the Director of Organizing for Michigan United - a coalition of faith, labor & civic organizations throughout Michigan.

In 2016, Branden was for fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the US-European Community Organizers Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, where he traveled to Eastern Europe (Hungary & Romania) to teach and train on the tenets of Community Organizing to local organizations. . He was also selected to New Leaders Council–Detroit, a Board member for the Detroit Chapter of the New Leaders Council, a progressive leadership training pipeline focused on training the next generation of elected officials and entrepreneurs.

Branden’s commitment to democracy, racial and economic justice is fueled in great part by his experiences as a Detroiter and that of others who have endured poverty and the criminal justice system. He believes in the power of bringing our communities together and challenging leaders to go from victim to victor by engaging the systems and policies that impact our lives.

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