New Jersey is losing a massive and effective progressive voice with the announcement on Tuesday that Brandon McKoy will leave his post as president of New Jersey Policy Perspective to join the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank that promotes policies to reduce poverty and advance equality.
McKoy has spent seven years at NJPP, the last 2 ½ as president.
“Brandon’s departure will leave a void in Trenton,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “Brandon was heavily involved in advocating for many of our administration’s biggest accomplishments, including enacting a pathway to the $15 minimum wage and restoring the millionaire’s tax. While I am sad to see him leave, I know that his work on dismantling structures of racism and wealth disparity has made this state a better place for working families and that he will bring the same values and perspective to Washington.”
McKoy will become vice president of state partnerships at CBPP, where he will offer strategic support to think tanks across the nation.
During McKoy’s presidency, his organization’s full-time staff doubled and expanded their footprint into education, criminal and legal systems, climate, transit and child care. New Jersey Policy Perspective’s budget also increased by 75%.
“While this is a bittersweet moment, my new position will provide me a platform to counsel, strengthen, and resource NJPP and other state think tanks across the country so that they are better able to model our success,” McKoy said.
McKoy replaced former State Sen. Gordon MacInnes (D-Morris Township), who retired in 2018 after six years heading the group.