About Corey Branch
Raleigh City Councilor Corey Branch is a native of Raleigh and has served Raleigh in numerous ways.
Corey serves as District C Councilor and immediate past Mayor Pro Tem (2018-2021) with a focus in improving the availability of housing of
those from all incomes, a modern and reliable transit system, economic development for underserved
communities and populations, 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” by giving financially and returns often to Greensboro for
special events and sporting activities in support of the institution that contributed so much to his
development as a leader, a thinker, and a do-er.
Prior to council Corey served his community in a number of roles included but not limited to past Chair
of Marrkens Development Group and Member of the Board of Directors for WakeUp Wake County,
where he worked to be a voice for South and Southeast Raleigh community while looking out for the city
in its entirety and Wake County as a whole.
Corey currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Transit Committee, represents the City of
Raleigh on the Go Triangle and Passage Homes boards, and is the alternate representative to the Capital
Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). He also serves on the city council’s Economic
Development and Innovation committee, and is the council liaison for the Fair Housing Board. Past roles
include serving as Vice Chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority (prior to his elected position) and City
Council liaison to the Triangle J Council of Governments board. He led the effort in the city funding
Advance Community Health, organized community conversations between citizens and Raleigh Police
Department as known as “Barbershop Talks,” and fostered open dialogue between citizens and city
He serves Baptist Grove Church, where he worships, by working with the AV Team in various roles and is
the past 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 positions in Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on the local, state, and regional levels.
Corey truly appreciates the opportunity to represent his native District C as City Council Member and
feels that it has brought him full circle, considering that his first job was with the City of Raleigh working
at the City Hall location in the finance department and mail services.
Corey enjoys time spent supporting his wife (Chanda) who is a professional educator in Wake County
Public Schools, Founder of Modern Black Mommy, and is the reigning Ms. Black USA. Together, they
have a beautiful daughter (Carleigh) who is the joy of their lives. The three of them love traveling and
relaxing with family and friends over, sports, Netflix, or good food.