Advisory Board Member 2018
American Consulting & Training, LLC
President & CEO
Brandon Pugh is the President/CEO of American Consulting & Training (ACT), a homeland security and public safety consulting firm. He maintains instructor affiliations with various state and federal entities to provide instruction. Brandon’s passions are cyber policy, privacy, and law. He has spoken and taught in various venues, including at colleges and universities, at numerous conferences and seminars, and he has had multiple radio appearances. Brandon is an avid writer, including being published in several national publications, authoring a state law, being a section author of a state school security task force, and writing a monthly column. He has served in multiple advisory capacities for business, political, and government leaders. Brandon also serves as the Special Projects Editor for the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare (JLCW) and was previously Managing Editor.
In addition, Brandon is the Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), which is a quasi-governmental entity representing New Jersey’s nearly six hundred public school boards. In this role, Brandon presides over the policy and resolution process, along with having responsibility for state and federal legislative efforts. He is a board member on his local board of education, a past county president, and is a past member of the state board of directors.
Previously, Brandon was a Fellow though the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, which allowed him to work with management of a federal agency. In addition, Brandon worked in the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, where he promoted youth and collegiate volunteerism throughout New Jersey and served as a coordinator for nongovernmental organizations and volunteers in preparation for large scale events and disasters. This included the Iron Man US Championship and Super Bowl XLVIII. During Hurricane Irene, Brandon served on special assignment with the American Red Cross as the Regional Manager of Spontaneous Volunteers. Brandon continues to serve as a board member/gubernatorial appointee on the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism. He remains an active Emergency Medical Technician, along with being a HazMat/CBRNE Technician. His early positions included being a county first aid council executive officer and a provider of medical and disaster assistance in Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Brandon earned his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law and his bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He is a Master Continuity Practitioner (MCP) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and holds over one hundred certificates and certifications related to counterterrorism and emergency management. At Rutgers Law, he founded the National Security Law Association and hosted national speakers, including the General Counsel of the CIA and the Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Cyber Command. During law school, he worked for the New Jersey Supreme Court, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and for the federal government.
Brandon is honored to have received awards and recognition from President Obama, Members of Congress, the New Jersey Legislature, and Governor Christie, among others. Outside of Brandon’s professional interests, he is a Master SCUBA Diver, a pilot, and he enjoys traveling.