Stand Together Trust (formerly Charles Koch Institute)

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Rev. Branden S. Polk is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Stand Together and a fellow for Free Speech & Peace at Stand Together Trust. His work focuses on surfacing cures for the roots of intolerance, inspiring people to come together across lines of difference in order to heal the country’s divisions and discover solutions to our most intractable problems. As a licensed social worker, ordained minister, and creative artist he has devoted his career to removing barriers for the most vulnerable in our society.

Branden has also partnered with several organizations to help build Heal America, a movement to combat racial injustice through love, redemption, and bottom-up solutions. He represents one of the core funders of the New Pluralists collaborative, a cross-ideological community working to build a culture of belonging in our country. And he also serves on the board of Essential Partners.

Branden received an undergraduate degree in Theater from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a graduate degree in social work from George Mason University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.