Brandon Brockmyer is the Director of Research at POGO. He oversees a team of investigators and analysts who take a data-driven approach to safeguarding constitutional principles and identifying government waste, corruption, and abuse. The research team produces original content in support of POGO’s work and explores emerging trends in good governance and anticorruption. Brandon also manages POGO’s editorial and fact-checking process and helps oversee POGO’s FOIA program.
Brandon is an expert on government transparency and accountability, with over a decade of experience monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of government policies and social programs. He has been a featured speaker at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Transparency & Accountability Initiative and served on the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability roster of experts.
Prior to joining POGO, Brandon worked as research director for the New Venture Fund’s Western Values Project, where he oversaw investigations into public lands accountability that appeared in national media outlets including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Until 2018, Brandon served as research director for the US government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
In 2016, Brandon helped to establish the Accountability Research Center, an action-research incubator that aims to improve the organizational effectiveness of civil society partners and inform agenda-setting within the global transparency, participation, and accountability field. Prior to that, Brandon served as a research officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Brandon holds a PhD in International Relations from American University, an MA in Psychology from New York University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College. He lives in Maryland with his wife, daughter, and cat.