Mr. Brandon Pugh

Senior Fellow & Policy Counsel; Former Vice President for Legislation
Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats - R Street Institute; New Jersey School Boards Association


Brandon Pugh is a Senior Fellow and Policy Counsel for the R Street Institute’s Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team. Outside of R Street, he serves as an international law officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and on several boards, including a governor’s advisory council.

Prior to R Street, Brandon was legislative counsel for the NJ General Assembly Minority Office, where he handled nearly all legislation on cybersecurity, emerging technology, and privacy. He also served as a fellow with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the managing editor of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare, the president/CEO of a homeland security advisory company, and an elected and appointed official at the local, county and state level. This includes service as vice president for legislation of the New Jersey School Boards Association, president of the Burlington County School Boards Association, and a board member on the Moorestown Board of Education.

Brandon has presented and been published dozens of times, including training congressional staff on cybersecurity, authoring a report on national preparedness training, preparing cybersecurity guidance sent to thousands of public schools, and leading events with senior military and intelligence community officials. He has been awarded multiple times for his work by members of Congress and a governor of New Jersey, among others.

He received a JD from Rutgers Law, is a Master Continuity Practitioner, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.


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