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Rahman Branch, Founder and CEO of Inside Urban

Rahman founded Inside Urban to help leaders access their greatest potential through coaching, diversity training and guided execution of strategic plans. Since its inception, Rahman has contributed to programs at the University of Louisville and Newberry College to recruit, retain and graduate black males;  and he partnered with Credo and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement on various initiatives around creating equitable company culture. Beyond his educational endeavors, Rahman creates custom tactical staff development and ongoing training modules for universities, sports teams, companies, consulting firms and nonprofits that want to better serve and engage voiceless or marginalized populations in order to truly be successful.  


Rahman began his career as an educator in Washington, D.C., where he first gained prominence as a turnaround specialist for low performing schools. Rahman was also chosen to be a mentor principal, member of the Chancellor’s Principal Cabinet and advisor to the Mayor’s selection committee for the Chancellor of DC Public Schools.   

Rahman was then appointed by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser as the nation’s first Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs. In this role, he leveraged his skills and experience to improve policies, programs and resources around education, economic opportunities and housing for the purpose of a more equitable city. 


He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Virginia, a master’s in Education Administration from  Trinity University and an executive master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  Rahman is also a certified mediator through the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and serves on the advisory board of Satchell & Associates. Rahman’s proudest accomplishment is his children, as he is a doting father of four.