Brandon Anderson


Brandon D. Anderson is a Black queer abolitionist, tech-entrepreneur, and third-generation military veteran born and raised in Oklahoma during the height of the 1980’s crack epidemic and the global HIV pandemic. He’s the oldest of five and the son of Shirley Anderson, a Sunday-school teacher and sales clerk, and John Anderson, a retired janitor and manufacturing plant manager.

After losing his life partner and fiancé to police violence during a routine traffic stop, Anderson founded Raheem — the independent service for reporting police violence in the United States.

Raheem has helped thousands of people report police in over 200 US cities and tied more than 275 officers to cases of police misconduct.

Prior to founding Raheem, Anderson served five years in the army, completing two tours in Iraq as a satellite engineer before graduating from Georgetown University with a BA in Sociology.

Brandon is a Guest Lecturer on Social Innovation at Claremont College, a 2019 TED Fellow, a 2018 Echoing Green Fellow, and is a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award nominee. His work has been featured by The Atlantic, The Economist, Fast Company, CNBC, Axios, Inc Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.