Brandon M. Scott is the City Councilmember representing Baltimore City’s 2nd District. He is a community leader, public servant and lifelong resident of Baltimore City. Brandon was first elected in 2011 at the age of 27 and is one of the youngest persons ever elected to Baltimore’s City Council. His political awareness has steadily grown and become more focused as he has lived in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and worked with Baltimore’s citizens throughout his career in public service.
As a proud Baltimorean, Brandon is a graduate of MERVO High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Brandon’s love and commitment to Baltimore and its citizens is evidenced through his record of service. He began his service to the people of Baltimore as a Site Program Specialist for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland where he recruited, screened and trained mentors for school-based mentoring programs. Next, Brandon represented Northeast Baltimore as a Community Outreach Liaison in the Office of the City Council President, and continued to represent Northeast Baltimore as a Neighborhood Liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. He then served as a Recreation Neighborhood Specialist with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks before he was elected in 2011.
As a Councilman Brandon has been focused on improving Baltimore for every Baltimorean and is dedicated to making Baltimore a city where every Baltimorean can live, learn, earn and play no matter their zip code.
During his first term Brandon led legislative initiatives that created extensive crime data sharing and online reporting of crimes by the Baltimore Police Department. Moreover, Brandon who has emerged as a leading voice in reducing violence in Baltimore reinstated Council Oversight of the police department by holding quarterly hearings to make sure the police department is working for our citizens. In addition, Brandon passed legislation that updated and made sense of Baltimore’s decades old youth curfew law eliminating criminal penalties in 2014. That year he also served as the lone City Council member on Baltimore’s Body Camera Task Force. In 2015 Brandon led the way as the City Council passed legislation to create restaurant inspection transparency in Baltimore. The following year Brandon introduced and passed legislation creating an open data policy in Baltimore.
Now a few years into his second term Brandon continues to lead the charge to reform the Baltimore Police Department with the council’s passing of his legislation to create a community policing board for the city. He is also a leader in the effort to make the Baltimore Police Department a local agency with civilian board oversight instead of its current status as state agency. In addition, Brandon is the leading voice on moving Baltimore from a city that treats gun violence as a police issue to a city that treats it as a public health issue. In 2017 amidst record violence, he and other members of the council’s public safety committee released “Live To Be More” a comprehensive gun violence reduction strategy.
In early 2018 Brandon introduced and passed monumental legislation on equity in Baltimore. His equity assessment program law will require all city agencies to operate through a lens of equity and require all operating budgets, capital budgets and proposed legislation to be weighed through an equity lens. The companion bill to the equity assessment program will create an equity assessment fund in Baltimore if approved by voters in November. Earlier in 2018, Brandon championed legislation that will remove sugary drinks from children’s menus and require healthy drink options to be the default option at all food facilities in Baltimore.
Brandon serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Budget and Appropriations and Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committees. Brandon is also seen as a rising star in politics and leader among young elected officials across the country. He is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network and serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for YEO’s America’s Cabinet. Brandon is also the vice chair of the National League of Cities Large Cities Coalition.
Brandon has received many accolades for his service to several Baltimore communities, including awards from the Overlea Community Association, Belair-Edison Community Association, Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corporation and Park Heights Renaissance. He was selected as one of The Daily Record’s Twenty in their Twenties in 2012. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the CollegeBound Foundation, The Center for Urban Families, Community Mediation Baltimore and The Abilities Network. Brandon was selected as one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 and is a member of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network. Brandon was awarded the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Answering The Call For Justice Award in 2015. He was recognized as the City Paper’s Politician of the Year in 2015 & 2017 and its Best City Councilman in 2016. In 2018 he was awarded the Public Service Award from the Young Elected Officials Network. Brandon is also a subject in Charm City a Documentary about individuals working to reduce gun violence in Baltimore.
Brandon lives in Baltimore’s Frankford Neighborhood.