12 Jan Brandon Davidson Named Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Collins, Marketing & Communications Manager
Next Step Community Solutions Names Brandon Davidson as Executive Director
Next Step Community Solutions Board of Directors is pleased to announce Brandon Davidson has been selected to serve as the organization’s next Executive Director. He most recently served as Chief Operations Officer for Next Step before being named Interim Executive Director in April 2022.
“After an extensive nationwide search, we believe Brandon is the best person to lead Next Step as it expands its impact in prevention and mental health services in Texas,” said Tony Harris, chair of Next Step Board’s search committee. “He is committed to the mission of the organization, cares deeply about the people we serve, and possesses the leadership ability to effectively manage and grow the organization.”
Davidson has nearly 20 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, developing programs, and advocating for youth issues at the federal, state, and local levels. Since joining Next Step in 2013, he has been a vital part of the organization’s growth through grant writing, strategic partnerships and developing and implementing school-based mental health services. While Chief Operations Officer, Next Step became the first organization to bring the evidence-based suicide prevention program, Sources of Strength, to schools in Texas.
“Davidson’s success is grounded in his passion for serving youth to help them navigate life’s difficulties, reach their potential, and ultimately live healthier and more fulfilling lives,” said Rae Quezada, Next Step Board president. “He has a track record of building authentic relationships within the community and is consistently looking for ways to innovate and improve access to services in the areas we serve and beyond,” said Quezada.
“It is an honor to lead Next Step together with such a dedicated staff and board,” Davidson said. “I have been deeply inspired by our team’s dedication to our shared work. I am looking forward to deepening our impact and bringing renewed hope to our clients and community.”
Davidson graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a bachelor’s in social work. He is a Certified Prevention Specialist, Sources of Strength Local Trainer and Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor. He and his wife, Kathy have been married for 22 years. Together, they have a college-age daughter and a son in middle school.