As a Research Associate for DHM, Brandon Cruz leads the firm’s online and digital quantitative project coordination and provides statistical analyses and operational support.
Brandon brings to DHM experience in policy analysis, community and stakeholder engagement, political organizing, interviewing, and questionnaire design. His passion for community impact, equity, and social justice has been instrumental in steering his career. While at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Brandon used his communication sills engaging with diverse communities and various public entities. This included completing program evaluation and group facilitation to improve APANO’s civic engagement initiative and conducting statewide listening circles, which helped shape the organization’s strategic plan.
Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Portland. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Brandon studied research methods and analysis, statistics, and human behavior.
Born and raised on the island of Guam, Brandon identifies with the indigenous culture, Chamorro. Many of his family members remain on the island and family is one thing that Brandon highly values. He enjoys educating others about his culture and loves to cook many of the dishes that he ate growing up. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys going on hikes, eating new foods, going to the gym, and spending quality time with others.