Cherri Branson began working on Capitol Hill in 1989. For two decades, she has served in various policy, legal, and legislative positions, including Legislative Counsel, Legislative Director, and Committee Counsel. Having served Members of Congress from diverse geographic and demographic areas, including New York, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Hawaii, California and Mississippi, she has gained an understanding of the interests and concerns of Americans who live in rural, urban and suburban communities.
In 2005, Ms. Branson joined the staff of the U. S. House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee and served as Chief Counsel for Oversight where she developed the oversight agenda and was a member of the staff leadership team.
In addition to leading investigations to reveal waste, fraud and abuse in federal programs, Ms. Branson has a history of using the oversight process to achieve social justice outcomes. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she was responsible for several changes in policy regarding FEMA’s procurement from small, minority and disadvantaged local businesses. Additionally, she led a review of FEMA’s handling of Title VI discrimination cases, resulting in the establishment of a special unit to investigate Title VI discrimination claims and the reorganization of the agency’s internal process.
Ms. Branson holds a B.A from Vassar College, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, and an LL.M. from Emory University School of Law.
Born in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Ms. Branson has been a county resident for more than 25 years. She lives in Silver Spring, Md. with her husband Donald Coffey and son Avery. Active in her son’s education, she served two terms as president of the Home and School Association and was appointed a founding member of the school’s Advisory Board. Also politically active, she was a founding member and served as President of the Montgomery County African American Democratic Club.
Prior to Ms. Branson’s appointment to the Montgomery County Council in January 2014, she also served as a member of Montgomery County’s Commission on Redistricting and the Charter Review Commission.