Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats
Brandon Pugh is the policy director and a resident senior fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team. Outside of R Street, he serves as an international law officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army Reserve. Brandon is also a nonresident fellow with the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a board member for the Ithaca College Cybersecurity Program and a governor’s advisory council.
Prior to joining R Street, Brandon was legislative counsel for the New Jersey General Assembly Minority Office, where he handled nearly all policy and legislation on cybersecurity, emerging technology and privacy. He also provided legal and policy advice to the 28-member caucus on almost every committee area from judiciary to commerce.
Brandon has served as a fellow with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; managing editor of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare; president and CEO of a homeland security advisory company; member of the Rutgers University Cybersecurity Program Board; and an elected and appointed official at the local, county and state levels. This includes service as vice president for legislation of the New Jersey School Boards Association, a quasi-governmental entity representing the state’s nearly 600 school boards.
Brandon has presented and been published dozens of times, delivering congressional testimony, appearing on C-SPAN and other networks, training congressional staff on cybersecurity, contributing to the U.S. Army’s critical infrastructure resiliency project, preparing cybersecurity guidance sent to thousands of public schools, and leading events with senior military and intelligence community officials. He has been awarded for his work by members of Congress and a governor of New Jersey, among others.
He holds a JD from Rutgers Law School and a BA from The College of New Jersey. Brandon is a master continuity practitioner through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a certified information privacy professional. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
Brandon lives in New Jersey with his wife, who serves as an Air Force pilot.