Daniel J. Brannen Executive director, Covenant House Washington

Daniel J. Brannen was named Executive Director of Covenant House Washington in April 2009. The former U.S. Marine Corps Captain joined the D.C. affiliate of the nation's largest, privately funded organization serving homeless young people after having worked with abused, neglected and homeless young people throughout the United States for the past two decades.

Mr. Brannen has dedicated his life to helping our nation's emotionally wounded teens recover and move forward from extremely difficult childhoods. In 1988, Mr. Brannen volunteered with Covenant House in New York City. Realizing that serving homeless young people was his true calling, he resigned his commission as a United States Marine Corps officer and became a full-time counselor with Covenant House New York. Mr. Brannen worked in all facets of the delivery of care to homeless young people: crisis care, sanctuary, transitional living, preventive services, outreach and aftercare.

Mr. Brannen went on to become the Executive Director of the foster care organization -- Ohio Boys Town in Cleveland. After witnessing first-hand how aging-out foster teens were truly America's "throw-away" kids, he moved to Florida and co-founded Kids@Home – an organization solely focused on the plight of aging-out foster teens.

Mr. Brannen holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College (the City University of New York) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University. He and his wife Marilyn have three beautiful children: Dylan, Jude and Jay.