Rahman Branch has 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, Rahman 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 assistant principal and principal of Ballou High School in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights, Rahman was dedicated to creating an environment of excellence. During his six years as principal, Rahman 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 wraparound 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.
Rahman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Virginia, a master’s degree in education administration from Trinity University, and an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.