Case Manager, TN Department of Children's Services
Brandon Rutledge is a Case Manager investigating child abuse and neglect with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Office of Child Safety Division. With a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Union University, he is currently in graduate school studying Public Administration at the University of Memphis, concentrating on public management and policy. He desires to become an equity-minded leader in the local government by integrating Social Work and Public Administration to promote person-centered government practices. Being a former foster youth, Brandon is passionate about child welfare, previously serving as a Foster Care Case Manager and Peer Advocate for youth in foster care. As an advocate, Brandon worked to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and needs of children in foster care were adequately met. Through previous experiences with the Youth Villages Scholar program, Brandon has had the opportunity to discuss child welfare needs with members of Congress. He is a new member of the Youth Villages Advisory Council, providing input on child welfare-related policies. He is equally passionate about homelessness and issues surrounding affordable housing. Brandon is happily married to Alma Rutledge, who shares his commitment to restorative justice, advocacy, and generosity. They currently live in Memphis, TN. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, and reading. His favorite authors are Dr. Jemar Tisbey, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Bryan Stevenson, Dr. Timothy Keller, and Dr. Anthony Bradley.