Brandi Colander is a Principal with The Raben Group, a national public affairs and strategic communications firm committed to making connections, solving problems, and inspiring change across the corporate, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors.
Prior to joining the firm, Colander was the Head of External Relations for Charter Communications, supporting their Diversity & Inclusion team. In that role, she was responsible for strategic outreach, stakeholder engagement and philanthropic initiatives for a corporation of roughly 100,000 employees.
Colander had two stints in the Obama Administration. Serving as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of the Interior she advanced regulations for the nation’s four energy development bureaus, managed government relations, and stakeholder engagement. Colander began her career in public service as the Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) where she led strategic initiatives and provided counsel on matters ranging from ethics to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Before joining the Executive Office of the President, Colander was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she developed an expertise in utility restructuring and renewable energy.
Colander chairs the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia’s Green Finance Authority and serves on the Leadership Council for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Links Incorporated. Brandi graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her Master’s degree at Yale University and Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School.
She resides in the District of Columbia with her husband, daughter and dog.