Brandt is Chief Information Officer/CTO at Smarter Balanced, where he oversees online services for members and directs the deployment of an open technology platform to support next-generation assessments. Prior to Smarter Balanced, he served as Senior Technology Officer for Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Brandt has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA, both from Brigham Young University. He is co-founder of two successful companies, Folio Corporation and Agilix Labs. He was Chief Scientist at Ancestry.com during their early growth years. In a diverse career, he has served as a software engineer, project manager, DBA, chief scientist, and CTO. He has invented indexing and search algorithms, architected security and permissions infrastructure, and launched and contributed to data standards initiatives. Brandt is co-inventor of three patents.