Gary Brandt is a seasoned outdoorsman, cyclist, and foodie who brings a big smile and growth-oriented approach to all of his endeavors. He has been a Jewish professional for the past decade and a half with time at summer camps, JCC’s, and start-ups across the country. His other work experience is as an EMT, English teacher in Japan, carpenter/welder, and ropes course facilitator. Gary is a proud Eagle Scout and former student leader of Hillel at his alma mater, the University of Arizona.
Gary is a lifelong camper and staff member of URJ Henry S Jacobs Camp, where he served as Senior Assistant Director and during his time there was selected as a Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Fellow. In 2014 he founded the Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative, an organization focused on connecting Jewish teens with their peers, identity exploration, and relevant topics in meaningful ways throughout the greater Boulder, CO area. Most recently he served as the Director of Family and Youth Engagement at the New Orleans JCC.
Gary is a native of Louisiana and has returned home to put down roots and find ways to build better citizens and help those in need across the city. He can be spotted on a myriad of local group bike rides, hosting innovative Shabbat gatherings, building Mardi Gras floats, or volunteering to combat food insecurity in the Crescent City.