Born in 1977 and raised in Olympia Fields, Illinois, John Branch Jr. attended public school there until graduating from Rich Central H.S. in 1995. The following autumn, he enrolled at Bethune-Cookman College (now Bethune-Cookman University), pursuing a major in Chemistry and a minor in Spanish. Completing his studies on May 1st, 2000, John relocated to Tallahassee, FL, in August 2001, to attend Graduate School at Florida A&M University. In December 2003, he earned his M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences, specializing in Environmental Chemistry.
Currently, John serves as a teacher and specialist in the public school system. He has taught various high school science courses, including Dual Credit Level courses in Florida (Orange County Public Schools and Pinellas County Schools) and Texas (HISD, Alief ISD, and Katy ISD). In his current role at Houston Independent School District, he is a Teacher Development Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction. Furthermore, he holds the position of Science Instructional Specialist at Aldine ISD.
John Branch Jr. is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., having been initiated in 1997 at Bethune-Cookman. Within the Fraternity, he has held multiple positions, including National Director of Community Service, Director of Health Initiatives, Regional Polaris, member of the board of the National IOTA Foundation, Inc., and various local chapter offices. He has made significant contributions and played a key role in developing successful programs within the Fraternity. Notably, John created the civic engagement initiative #MuchMoreThanAHashtag in collaboration with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Additionally, he was honored with the James Anthony Watson Award in 2017, the highest individual distinction within
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Retired Harris County Commissioner
Urban Conservatives of America
Harris County Republican Party
Joyce Hudson Clingerman
Ron J. Lockett, II
For several years, John has served as a registered Voter Deputy Voter Registrar (VDVR) for Harris County. During this time, he has actively engaged in registering new voters at various community functions and on National Voter Registration Day. Engaging in community service projects and volunteering has been a significant aspect of John's life throughout the years. He has been involved in several volunteer activities, including participating in Breakfast with Santa organized by Houston NPHC, dedicating time to volunteer at West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) and the Houston Food Bank, and contributing to disaster relief preparedness efforts alongside the American Red Cross.