Rahman Branch has a demonstrated commitment to the students and families of Washington D.C’s African American community, by means of unique partnerships, new initiatives in government agencies, and transformational services for students. As a longtime District resident, Branch began public service in the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed program and was most recently the first Director of the Office on African American Affairs for Mayor Bowser’s office. There he served as the liaison between the District’s African American community, District government agencies, and the Mayor.
As AP and Principal of Ballou High School in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights, Branch was dedicated to creating an environment of excellence. During his six years as principal, Branch rebranded the school to move away from past reputations and instill pride amongst the students. He established a nonprofit arm, with an operating budget of seven million dollars to support school wrap-around services and supplemental programming for college advancement efforts, including a scholarship fund. The school’s new focus on college awareness brought about an influx in college scholarship and financial aid funds for the students. He also tackled truancy issues within the school, resulting in a 17-point reduction in truancy over 16-month period. By the end of his tenure, he boosted the 9th-grade promotion rate by nearly 25 points and graduation rate by 20 points.
Branch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Virginia, a Master’s in Education Administration from Trinity University and an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.