Brendan grew up in the heavily industrialized and developed San Francisco Bay Area which may be the reason he is drawn so powerfully to trail work, outdoor living and the study of nature. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Political Science in 2008, he worked for the labor union UNITE HERE as an administrative and research assistant in Oakland, CA.
Intrigued by the labor union world yet immeasurably annoyed by the constant flickering of fluorescent lights, he tendered his resignation as soon as he was accepted to SCA Massachusetts' 2010 Trail Program. It was there that he fell in love with the outdoors and with trail work. After the 5 month trail program ended, Brendan was selected for the Massachusetts' Audubon Society's fall trail crew where he continued with trail maintenance into early winter.
After returning from a 3 month backpacking trip in New Zealand, Brendan contacted the SCA recruiting office to inquire about open positions. He was overjoyed to find that a Project Leader position had just opened up in the Umatilla National Forest. Two weeks later, he finds himself standing in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, watching his crew begin a long day of challenging rock work next to a swollen, swiftly running river, and thinking, "Conservation Begins Here". Brendan is very excited to see where this new adventure with SCA will take him.