Brandy N. Chappell is responsible for co-creating targeted initiatives with local and statewide law enforcement agencies in California and for supporting the LAUSD Safe Passages collaborative by co-creating public policies that increased student safety. She supported community development corporations that rehabilitated youth offenders and advocated for criminal justice policies pertaining to workforce development. Chappell participated in the national non-profit roundtable for the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act of 2012 and helped increase the training capacity of non-profit pre-employment training organizations servicing youth offenders.
Chappell holds a BA in political science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, as well as a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and a Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development (DPPD), both from the University of Southern California. She taught research methods for social science and public health in the California State University system and the USC Keck School of Medicine, and community health and urban policy in the USC Price School for Public Policy. She specializes in urban and social policy, geographic information science and technology, and public health. A German Marshall Memorial Fund Transatlantic Fellow (2013) and former Southern California Leadership Network Board Member and Fellow (2010), she served on the board of directors for Women in Homeland Security – Southern California. Chappell is a published author; she co-wrote “Rock the Vote: An Insider’s Account of the 2004 Campaign Strategy” in Tony Kelso and Brian Cogan’s Mosh the Polls: Youth Voters, Popular Culture, and Democratic Engagement.