Brandt named to The Advocate advisory board Brandt named to The Advocate advisory board Jim Brandt Advocate staff report April 19, 2014 Comments Jim Brandt, who served as president of the Public Affairs Research Council for 11 years, is joining a board that advises The Advocate’s owners and management on ways to improve the newspaper and stay in touch with the local community. The board was formed last year by Dathel and John Georges after their family purchased the newspaper in April. Brandt is the managing principal of Brandt & Associates, a consultant firm offering professional services in public policy research, fund raising and development, special event planning and strategic communications for nonprofit organizations. He served as president of PAR from 1999 to 2010 and CEO of the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans from 1987 to 1999. Brandt serves on the board of directors of the Capital Area Transit System, the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, the Center for Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families. He is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received a bachelor of arts degree, and he received a master’s degree in community organization and planning from Tulane University. In addition to Brandt, the board includes former college administrator Brenda Birkett, lawyer Janet Boles, real estate executive Beau Box, construction firm executive Mike Polito, education reform leader Jennifer Eplett Reilly, University of Louisiana-Lafayette President Joseph Savoie and the Rev. Lee Wesley, of Community Bible Baptist Church.