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Brandon Hanick

Brandon Hanick

Brandon Hanick

A Jackson Spalding “boomerang,” Brandon returns to the agency’s Athens office as a client advisor and public relations lead for tech, public health and transportation clients. 

With nearly two decades of communications experience, the bilingual leader spent nine years as communications director in Georgia’s politics and nonprofit advocacy space, leading some of the state’s largest political communications campaigns ever.  

His team built a social media presence larger than the Georgia Democrats and Georgia GOP combined and landed coverage in outlets like CNN, MSNBC and The Washington Post. Their work yielded hard-fought electoral wins and statewide victories on educational equity, health care and equality policies. 

A lifelong songwriter, singer and musician, Brandon’s albums have garnered critical praise from NPR, Pitchfork and Paste Magazine and led to dream collaborations with members of R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers and The B-52s. His bands King of Prussia and Future Lives have toured the U.S and Europe, including playing SXSW, and his music has been featured in film and ads for Ben & Jerry’s, Forever 21, Hollister and more. Brandon now serves on the board of music and education nonprofit AthFest Educates.  

With 17 musical releases, a documentary film and a feature film soundtrack under his belt, Brandon marries his writing and creative production know-how to orchestrate dynamic communications campaigns that cut through the noise. 

California-born with “Florida Man” roots, Brandon graduated with honors from Florida State University’s college of business before earning his master’s in mass communications and journalism from University of Georgia’s Grady College.  

An insatiable adventurer, Brandon has visited 46 U.S. states and 30 countries, including seeing six continents with his wife Shelly during their round-the-world trip.  

Brandon and Shelly live in creative mecca Athens with their awesome, young son Sebastian Taj, where they still prioritize learning through travel. 

Brandon plans to see every U.S. state and 50 countries before he turns 50, visit 100 countries by the time he’s 100 and make it to 150 countries before he hits 150. Beyond that, who knows?