Brandon Corley has worked with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program since 2004 in various capacities. His role as co-founder and Project Director of the "World Famous" Bethel-Imani CDF Freedom Schools site in Chicago and the Imani-Harambee CDF Freedom Schools site in Milwaukee, his time as an Ella Baker Trainer, and his work planning regular youth mobilizations, conferences and events has earned him recognition amongst his peers. He is currently a Project Director for the Ujamaa Community Development Center – Grace CDF Freedom Schools in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Corley is also a mathematics teacher at the James Baldwin School: A School for Expeditionary Learning, a transfer high school in New York City. He is an established leader and child advocate, and has directly served communities in Champaign and Chicago, Ill., as well as Milwaukee, Wis., New Orleans, La., Philadelphia, Pa. and Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Corley's widespread community involvement and volunteer work includes: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America where he has served as the multicultural representative for the Lutheran Youth Organization; and Nation Builder with the Simba Circle Camp; basketball coach for the Southside YMCA in Chicago. Currently, he is the National Membership Chairman of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc. and an advisory board member for Mature Cradle, Inc.
Corley earned a B.S. in Mathematics/Secondary Education from Chicago State University.