”Sports is both a microcosm and is potentially transformative of the racial issues confronting society. Considering this complexity, the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports will critically analyze the racial politics of athletics and offer thoughtful solutions to level the playing field. ‘World-class’ and ’excellence’ have been synonymous with the history of Grambling State University and its athletic program. The Center will embody these qualities in the continuation of this institution’s legacy.- Brandon A. Logan
Brandon A. Logan is a native of San Antonio, Texas who found inspiration at the nexus of business, community, and mentorship. Brandon Logan has carved a niche for himself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all topics relating to diversity, business, and service. Now the Executive Director for the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports, he continues his mission of being a leader that is concerned about the welfare of others.
From receiving the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award and the 2016 Community Impact Award by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to being honored as a Community Legend by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and being named by Essence Magazine as one of the 50 “Baddest Brothers” in America, Brandon’s accomplishments have been noted on local, national, and international levels.
For his contributions, he has also received recognition from President Barack H. Obama, the United States Marine Corps, Rotary International, SA2020, and the San Antonio Express-News. Brandon has devoted and dedicated his life to service, specifically in the areas of youth, education, and the underserved population. As CEO of Urban Capital Partners, Brandon is responsible for the corporation’s strategy management, operational production, and expansion initiatives.
The purpose of Urban Capital Partners is to establish people- and place-based strategies that uplift the standard of learning and living in inner city communities. Urban Capital Partners’ inner-city youth development system has been uniquely designed to deliberately influence a change in thoughts and attitudes by intentionally targeting four cause areas: education, family support, leadership, and health. The organization’s community-based program, Becoming A Better You, provides over 500 inner city youth across nine communities on the East Side of San Antonio with academic and social development support throughout the school year.
Brandon graduated Cum Laude in three years from Grambling State University, where he focused his efforts on academics and athletics. Notably, he was named Grambling Football Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a member of the 2005 national championship team. Since 2005, he has been an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and his accolades from the fraternity include the Louisiana Scholar of the Year and the highly coveted International Citizen of the Year Award. Brandon has also received the Beacon Award from Grambling State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Grambling University National Alumni Association and is a Bayou Classic Marines in Excellence in Leadership recipient. Furthermore, he is a proud graduate of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, Leadership San Antonio Class XXXVI, FBI Citizens Academy Class 17, Air War College’s 63rd National Security Forum, and Leadership North East Class of 2018.
Brandon has a well-established record of committing his time to the long-term betterment of the San Antonio community. As the 107th President of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Brandon addressed the most pressing issues affecting the advancement of humanity, while enhancing the quality of life for residents.
Furthermore, nearly $300,000 were raised and 8,500 service hours were contributed to marginalized communities during his year in office. He has been named the Rotary Club of San Antonio’s Outstanding Young San Antonian for 2016 and was awarded Rotary International’s highest honor for individual Rotarians—the “Service Above Self” Award—for his selfless contributions to his community and beyond. Continuing his devotion to community service, Brandon served as Chairman of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, where he elevated the standard of participation for the Nation’s largest MLK, Jr. March by increasing the march participants to a record of 300,000 people and raising over $400,000 in scholarships.
Notwithstanding his age, but recognized for his leadership acumen, Brandon was elected and served as the youngest Chairman of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and President of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Recently, he served on the Board of Directors at The We Can Learn Foundation, Najim Family Foundation, Pre-K 4 San Antonio, Rotary Club of San Antonio, and Valero Alamo Bowl. In addition, Brandon serves on the Executive Advisory Boards for the SAISD Foundation, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, TexStar National Bank, The UT Health San Antonio Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and GSU College of Business.