I have known Dr. Joel Bratton for more than a decade, as a fraternal brother, colleague, and a friend. Dr. Bratton has embodied the spirit and character of a servant to his beloved communities and has relentless pursuit to make the community and those around him better.
Through his tenure in the educational sector, Dr. Bratton is a natural educator and has a skillset of translating academia, research, and data in a simplistic manner and approach that is receptive to the intended communities he aims to engage from youth, to adults, to agencies.
Dr. Bratton work and experience give space to social disruption, innovation, enlightenment and validity that is ever present and timely in a world where social justice, and space for all to be seen, valued, and heard is unmeasurable.
Youth Engagement Specialist, Baltimore City Public Schools
Founder, Catalyst of Change, LLC
“Dr. Bratton believes in supporting the needs of Black students. He has dedicated his career to addressing complex challenges by developing concrete solutions.”
Dr. Larry Walker
Associate Professor University of Central Florida
“Dr. Bratton is well adept scholar in the area of community engagement and all components of services and advocacy.”
Dr. Marco Clark
Chief Executive Officer Richard Wright Public Charter Schools
“Dr. Bratton is an educational leader whose research focuses on the success of African American males in the Higher Education setting.”
Renee L. Garraway, Ed.D., MA, MSW, LCSW-C
Author | Education and Mental Health Consultant | Psychotherapist Culturally Responsive Leader Character
“Dr. Bratton is someone that fights to ensure children have equitable educational experiences. His dedication, perseverance, and compassion make him an asset to the field of education and organizations that he works with.”
Dr. Ramon B. Goings,
College Professor and Founder of the Done Dissertation
“Dr. Bratton as an educator and advocate for social justice issues elevates all his endeavors.”
Director of Development National Philharmonic
“During my 57 years in higher education, I have observed many dedicated students, Dr. Joel Bratton demonstrated early on that he had a strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”
R. Charles Byers, Ph.D. Provost & VPAA
Emeritus West Virginia State University
“Dr. Bratton is a political-diplomatic genius. As a former cohort member in the great 23 at the National Treasure, Morgan State University, I was able to witness his commitment to education specifically to student success for men of color. He exemplifies servant leadership and transforms the lives of many in Baltimore City Public Schools. I am excited to see what is next for Dr. Bratton.”
Dr. Maurice Johnson, instructional faculty, School of Education/English and Reading at Montgomery College
Dr. Joel Bratton is an educator on a mission to change the trajectory of urban students. Dr. Bratton leverages his experiences growing up in Baltimore coupled with the intellectual acuity to engage school leaders and students
David Miller, Med., author of Dare To Be King: What if the Prince Lives?