J. Brandon Wilson
Brandon Wilson has accrued more than 30 years of experience in the planning profession through researching, advising and executing a diversity of projects for multiple clients in the public sector. She has worked with Federal and State officials on citizen participation plans, onshore impacts of offshore oil and gas development, census collection, and land use planning. She has collaborated with the US Geological Survey, private consulting firms, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the US Census Bureau to execute these projects. Brandon is committed to programs and ideas that envision a greener planet, engage youth in their communities, and encourage fitness for all ages.
As the Executive Director of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, she led efforts to adopt a Historic Districts Ordinance in Somerville, pioneer single-building districts, establish the City’s Historic Preservation Commission in 1985, and pass a Demolition Review Ordinance in 2003. She oversees expansion and administration of over 300 local historic districts, including both single and multi-building districts throughout the City. She is also responsible for City’s various historic events as well as grant projects related to preservation and restoration of municipally-owned historic properties.
From 1986 through 1999, Brandon was the Executive Director of the Somerville Planning Board under four different mayors. Previously she worked extensively as a Community Planner within the Somerville Office of Planning and Community Development, the USGS, and an environmental consulting firm. Her volunteer work in the community over the years has included leading community relations and fundraising for the Somerville Youth Soccer League, the Somerville Track PAC, numerous political campaigns, and now the SHS Scholarship Foundation.