Brandon Gryde has served as the Director of Government Affairs for Dance/USA and OPERA America since 2011, representing the membership in front of Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies. He advocates on a range of issues that include support for the National Endowment for the Arts, support for arts education at the U.S. Department of Education, nonprofit tax policy issues, and cultural exchange at the U.S. Department of State. Brandon previously worked as Director of Communications at Youth Service America, an international youth engagement organization. He also served as Director of Publications at Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. Brandon has a B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American Literature and Culture from UCLA and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State.