Brandon Fastman – Director

As Editorial Director at Powell Strategies, Brandon Fastman contributes to all aspects of the proposal development cycle from capture to submission, leading writing and editing efforts. He also oversees the production of all other written content such as marketing collateral, web content, and social media. Lastly, he provides editorial support to leadership and consultants.


Brandon joined Powell Strategies after four years as a research development professional at a major research university. There, he helped to secure millions of dollars from private and public funders by identifying opportunities, collaborating with faculty to write proposals, and organizing professional development activities. Aside from proposal writing, Fastman has honed his wordsmithing skills in several professional contexts. Those include journalism, media relations, academic publishing, classroom teaching, and serving as the education and outreach specialist for a National Science Foundation research center.


Brandon holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in English from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara where his research was supported by the University of California Office of the President.


Outside of work, Brandon enjoys cycling and volunteering as a reporter for his community newspaper.

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    On December 07, 2020, Powell Strategies is pleased to announce it has been named on the prestigious 4th annual Vet100 list - honoring the fastest growing veteran-owned and operated businesses from the annual Inc. 5000 list! The ranking, created in partnership with Inc. magazine and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), was born out of the iconic Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

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