Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group is a for‐profit company for progressive public policy advocacy and research in Michigan. We consult to clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors providing innovative strategies and projects to Michigan’s urban centers. Our mission is to build a stronger Michigan and urban community through progressive research, communication and advocacy of forward thinking public policy.
We began as an non-profit organization, Michigan Forward a non-partisan, grassroots movement to build progressive policy and civic engagement. We remain committed to our volunteer roots through various capacities:
Since 2008, Michigan Forward has worked to build relationships and progressive capacity with state and grassroots leaders in Michigan’s urban areas. During Michigan’s 2010 mid-term election, our organization coordinated with coalition partners to conduct GOTV activities in Wayne, Oakland and Genesee counties. Our activity concentrated in the cities of Detroit, Oak Park, Southfield, Pontiac and Flint.
We’ve built upon our 2010 organizing capacity to mobilize statewide progressive initiatives for sustainable policy victories. This capacity building paid dividends in 2012 with Michigan Forward and AFSCME Council 25 building the statewide Stand Up for Democracy Coalition to repeal Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 4 of 2011. The repeal effort galvanized 2.3 million voters against Michigan’s Public Act 4 of 2011. The repeal effort won victory in 75 of 83 Michigan counties with a base of over 500 trained PA 4 activists and thousands of volunteers.
Our company provides a unique mixture of public policy services for businesses, individuals and groups. These services include:
Project Management, Administration and Capacity Building
Research and Issue Advocacy
Brandon A. Jessup exemplifies the power and commitment of community leadership. A captivating and inspirational speaker; Jessup’s dedication to his community has led him to the forefront of millennial leaders. As a candidate for state representative, Jessup won the endorsement of the Detroit Free Press, as”…the future of Democratic leadership in Michigan.” Jessup as C.E.O of Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group continues to serve is community through its non-profit organization, Michigan Forward.
In 2012, Michigan Forward helped lead the campaign to collect signatures to freeze and place on the ballot the egregious Public Act 4 of 2011 that was struck down in November by over two-million voters. Later that year, Brandon served as the State African-American Vote Outreach Director for Organizing for America-Michigan and later on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Brandon found his penchant for politics while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at Eastern Michigan University. As a campus leader in EMU’s NAACP chapter and student government Jessup led mobilization and advocacy efforts for student representation, accountability and diversity; leading to the creation of a Student Bill of Rights and a University Campus Creed. In 2005, Jessup was the recipient of NAACP Region 3, Roy Wilkins Man of the Year award.
Brandon is an Executive Board Member of the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee. He has served as a member of the Detroit Library Commission’s Detroit Literacy Council, and is presently a member of the African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Democratic Party.
Specialties: Strategic Communications Project Management, Administration and Capacity Building Political Consulting Research and Issue Advocacy Community Outreach Public Policy services