Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads the university's Career and Professional Development initiative. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. Over 90% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service or military within six months of graduation.
Before joining LMU, Branden served as the founding director of the Piper Center for Vocation and Career at St. Olaf College, charged by the president to transform the center into an innovative, results-oriented career center. Prior to St. Olaf, Branden served as associate director of career services at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. At Tufts he worked closely with employers such as NATO, the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, Capitol Hill, and the Central Intelligence Agency, supporting student career pathways in defense, energy, intelligence, politics, think tanks, and trade. Branden has also held positions at Harvard University, Brill Neumann Associates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and WorldTeach.
Branden earned his M.T.S. from Harvard University in theological studies, and holds a B.A. in music and religion from St. Olaf College. He is a member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers), CLASIC (Consortium of Liberal Arts Schools and Independent Colleges), and the Jesuit Career Consortium. He is an elected board member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a frequent contributor to the Career Leadership Collective, and a regular instructor for Academic Impressions and the Career Services Institute West.
A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Branden specializes in student return on investment, the rebranding of career services, and measuring and reporting post-graduate outcomes. His work in the field of career services has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Education Advisory Board, The Lawlor Review, The Hechinger Report, and the book Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business.