Brandon White, Spark the Journey’s Executive Director, joined the staff in February 2017, first as Director of Learning and Evaluation and then as Chief Program Officer. Brandon is responsible for leading Spark the Journey in nearly all aspects of executing its mission, ensuring that the organization’s many functions that support its programs are working collaboratively and are fully resourced. This includes overseeing the Programs, Communications, and Evaluation teams, and promoting the organization’s ongoing strategic vision.
Prior to joining Spark the Journey, Brandon was a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Student Instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research explored the intersection of 20th century educational policy and literary history. He previously served as an Educational Consultant and a Teaching and Learning Fellow at Brandeis University’s Research and Instruction Services, where he managed a research group developing novel educational tools to support the university’s teaching priorities. Brandon is the co-editor of Learning Analytics: From Research to Practice, the earliest entry in the budding field of learning analytics, which attempts to use digital tools to explore the pedagogical process. Brandon obtained his B.A. in English from Princeton University, an M.A. in Cultural Production from Brandeis University, and his Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
In his free time, Brandon can be found with a book or on his bike — an avid cyclist, he enjoys getting lost on the streets of D.C.