Andy Braner

Congressional Fellow
Mediterranean Basin, Middle East, and Gulf Initiative

Andy Braner is a Mediterranean Basin Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He graduated from Baylor University in 1997 with a degree in Theater and Performance, and his postgraduate work is in Philosophy of Religion at the Denver Seminary. Currently, Andy is the President and CEO of KIVU, an international student organization helping students “Discover their Vocation in a Global Community.” The KIVU Gap Year is an international school located in Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.  The primary goal of KIVU is to teach and train high school and university students to engage in their chosen profession through internships in a global context. Andy is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer for youth.

He has written five books on youth culture, and has over 20 years of experience working with youth. His latest publication, No Fear in Love is a look into the heart of fear in culture and what drives us to love well. He is an Advisor and Fellow at the World Youth Leadership Network (WYLN). Andy uses this process cross-culturally as he is currently involved in creating experiences where American Youth interact with Middle Eastern Youth, leading student trips to Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan to connect people with similar life goals. He is a Fellow working with Middle East Affairs at the office of Jeff Fortenberry, U.S. member of Congress. Andy currently lives in Breckenridge, Colorado with his wife Jamie and five children.