Philanthropy New York Welcomes Brandon Cox as Director of Communications

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Philanthropy New York Welcomes Brandon Cox as Director of Communications

Philanthropy New York is thrilled to welcome Brandon Cox as PNY’s new Director of Communications. 

In this role, Brandon will lead external communications efforts to strengthen Philanthropy New York’s engagement with its members, craft messaging that amplifies and aligns with PNY’s vision, mission and values, and build the organization’s communications capacity. Brandon brings to the role expertise in communications strategy, audience engagement, and utilizing communications to deepen understanding of structural racism and its impact on our institutions, policies, and culture. We are excited to welcome him to the PNY team and community on April 11th. 

Brandon Cox joins Philanthropy New York from the American Civil Liberties Union, where he served as a communications strategist. In this role, he created innovative strategic communications plans designed to elevate the work of the ACLU’s entire criminal legal portfolio while leading the organization’s rapid response communications to high-profile episodes of police violence, including the shootings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. His portfolio at the ACLU also included issues related to racial justice, reparations, marijuana justice sentencing reform, and re-entry. 

Prior to joining the ACLU, Brandon worked at Sloane & Company, a strategic communications firm that advises multiple Fortune 500 companies in the financial services industry. At Sloane, Brandon advised C-suite level executives on communications strategy and positioning, focusing on spokesperson elevation and thought leadership. Before his time at Sloane & Company, he served as a special assistant to Richmond, Virginia’s Mayor Levar Stoney, assisting the Mayor with engagement strategies on a number of development projects, including the redevelopment of the downtown area and an increase in general fund dollars for school construction. Brandon also expanded the Mayor’s social media presence and advised him on crisis messaging.

A Virginia native, Brandon worked on several political campaigns after attending Virginia Commonwealth University, including the 2013 gubernatorial campaign of Terry McAuliffe and the 2016 presidential election.

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