Brandon Shamim

Ann Fernandes

Brandon F. Shamim is an award winning strategist, social entrepreneur, and executive coach with over 20 years of experience leading organizational transformation, strategic communications and leadership development for public sector agencies, diverse Fortune 500s, nonprofit organizations, and middle market businesses.

During his career, Shamim has served as president and co-founder of an independent management consulting firm; led public affairs and marketing for a national policy think-tank and market leading Fortune 100 financial services company; and conducted legislative affairs for a regional transportation agency.  He also served as interim director for a U.S. Department of Commerce initiative at USC, where he was oversaw $30 million in capital assistance and $18 million in procurement for over 2000 businesses in retail, professional services, international trade and construction industries.

He is a proven project manager and creative problem solver for multi-year projects funded by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, and state, county and city agencies. As a dynamic coach, trainer and college instructor, Shamim has addressed over 2000 professionals and lectured at USC Marshall School of Business, UCLA and for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative. He regularly teaches adult students from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe at University of California Riverside’s Institute for Global Business Management.

Having served on the Executive Board of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce and Chair of its Small Business Council for the last seven years, he has also served as an LA City Commissioner examining ways to increase efficiency.  Actively involved in civic affairs as the founder of NEXUS FORUMS, a nonprofit hosting policy forums; Shamim has received over 16 commendations from Congressional, state and local officials. He is an accomplished writer, published poet, current affairs and small business commentator --cited on CNN, Inc. Magazine, the LA Times, and appeared on NPR, Dateline NBC, KNX Radio, the Chris Matthews Show, United Nations Chronicle and various ethnic publications.

Graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Leadership and Management from the University of LaVerne, he has advanced his executive education at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and is certified as a Lean Sigma Green Belt.  For his service, he has been presented the Volunteer Leadership Award by the LA Chamber of Commerce, “We the People” Award by the International Channel, honored as Innovative Entrepreneur by the South Asian Business Network and recognized as a “forward thinker” by California Forward.