Brandon Sitzmann has more than 20 years of experience at the nexus of science and international development across government, academia, and the private sector. As the Deputy Project Director and Technical Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development Partnerships Incubator, he diversifies and strengthens USAID’s capacity for new, local, and nontraditional partnerships and empowers partner organizations to be strong development actors in their own right. Brandon is driven by a desire to envision, create, and enable collaborations that achieve better development outcomes and a better world.


Before joining the Partnerships Incubator, Brandon focused on establishing research networks that promoted the science-policy-society interface through research and innovation for Washington State University, USAID, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.


Brandon holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, a master's of science degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate degree in animal science from the University of Maryland. His post-doctoral research utilized population genetics, systematics, and ecological monitoring to study and preserve biodiversity on the island of Madagascar.