Raleigh City Councilor Corey Branch is a native of Raleigh and has served Raleigh in numerous ways. While working at AT&T as an Associate Director- Technology, Corey serves as District C Councilor and Raleigh’s Mayor Pro-Tem in working to improve the availability of housing of those from all incomes, a modern and reliable transit system, and programs to aid and assist in development of our youth and young adults of Raleigh.
Corey attended Wake County Public Schools throughout his matriculation. Fuller Elementary, Ligon Middle, and Enloe High Schools each played a role in his early academic success. He continued his education at North Carolina A&T State University, graduating in 2000 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He exemplifies “Aggie Pride” and returns often to Greensboro for sporting and other special events, in support of the institution that contributed so much to his development as a leader, a thinker, and a do-er.
Corey currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Transit Committee. Previous to being elected, he served as Vice Chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority and continues his work with them as the City Council liaison for the group. He also serves on the city council’s Economic Development and Innovation committee, is the council liaison for the Fair Housing Board and city representative to the Triangle J Council of Governments board. He led the effort in the city funding the Advance Community Health, organized community conversations between citizens and Raleigh Police Department as known as “Barbershop Talks,” and fostering open dialogue between citizens and city staff.
Past leadership positions include leading the Marrkens Development Group as Chair and working as Sound Engineer of the Audio-Visual Team as a member of Baptist Grove Church. He is a former Board of Directors Member for WakeUp Wake County, were he worked to be a voice for South and Southeast Raleigh community while looking out for the city as a whole and Wake County.
Corey is currently the national chair of the Leadership Development Institute of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. In his former position as Southern Regional Leadership Chair for the summer Leadership Institute for high school students from seven states, Corey grew the institute by 43% in participation the four years. Corey also organized multiple Legislative Days with the General Assembly for the Association of North Carolina Alphamen for several years. He has held numerous leadership position in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on the local, state, and regional levels.
Corey’s enjoys time spent supporting his wife (Chanda) who taught in Wake County Public Schools for many years and held the title of Mrs. Black North Carolina, USA 2017. His joy is time spent traveling with his wife and relax with friends over sports, travel or good food.
Corey truly feels that the opportunity to represent District C as City Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem has brought him full circle, when you consider that his first job was with the City of Raleigh working at the City Hall location in water billing and mail services.