Brandon R. Barford�is�a Partner at�Beacon Policy Advisors LLC, an independent policy research firm. Prior to�founding Beacon in�2014,�he was the Vice President of the�policy research line of business�for�a Washington-based strategic consulting firm for over three�years.�In that role he advised clients on risks and opportunities emanating from the public policymaking process, regularly authored research notes and client presentations, and managed a team of research analysts.Previously, Brandon worked in public service for�the�U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee where he served as Professional Staff under�Chairman/Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) from 2006-2009.�This�policy�role supported�the Senior Financial Economist, Chief Counsel, and Senator�on a wide variety of issues, including financial modernization and oversight of federal bank regulators, the Committee�s responses to the financial crisis, monetary and exchange rate policy, Iran sanctions, and sovereign wealth fund investments in the U.S.�Additionally, Brandon�co-authored several pieces of legislation on topics such as Sudan divestment, currency and financial market access, and IMF reform, among others.Before the Senate Banking Committee,�Brandon�worked in the United Kingdom for the Conservative Party on the campaign staff of�then-Party Leader Michael Howard MP (now Baron Howard of Lympne)�during the 2005 general election and in Parliament for Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP. He has also worked for local and state elected officials and on multiple campaigns in his native Pennsylvania.Brandon�is a graduate of Harvard University�s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on the relationship between business and government. He is also a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received a Master of Science degree in European Political Economy from the European Institute.�For his undergraduate�degree, Brandon studied�History at Boston College, where he graduated cum laude and with departmental honors.He also offers frequent commentary in the news media for the�Financial Times, Bloomberg News,�Reuters,�Businessweek, the�American Banker,�Fiscal Times, and the Chinese economics magazine�Caijing Daily.
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