Brendan Cullen

Principal, Cause First Consulting

Brendan Cullen is Managing Director of The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation East Coast office in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Cullen is responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs. Before joining Draper Richards Kaplan, he served as Vice President of Growth and Innovation for Education Pioneers, a national non-profit with a mission to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders to transform U.S. public education. Mr. Cullen managed an aggressive national expansion strategy, piloted and scaled new programs and raised growth capital. He also served as the first Managing Director of Education Pioneers Bay Area program where he recruited, selected and trained over 100 Fellows for education leadership positions in districts, charter management organizations and local education non-profits. Prior, he worked as Project Manager for the New York City Department of Education’s Empowered Schools Initiative pilot and was the Director of the Scholars Program for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) in New York. Earlier in his career, Brendan was a Founding Campus Director for Citizen Schools in Boston and a middle school Language Arts teacher in Baltimore with Teach For America. Brendan currently serves on the boards of Matchbook Learning, Last Mile Health, myAgro and Welcoming America. Brendan is an Alumnus of the Coro Community Leadership program in San Francisco. He received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University.