Brad graduated from A.C. Davis High School in 1998 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps the following year. After serving a tour at the National Security Agency as an Arabic linguist, Brad worked as a defense contractor in the Washington, D.C. area until he joined the federal civilian service at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2008. He served as an intelligence officer specializing in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Brad served in Iraq as the senior intelligence officer for an all-source intelligence fusion center focused on warning, threat assessment, options development, and operational support for the campaign against international terrorism. Brad also worked as a Congressional liaison for DIA, representing the agency to various committees in both houses of Congress.
In 2012, Brad and his husband, Ryon, moved back home to Yakima from the Washington, D.C. area. Brad started a new career with the U.S. Forest Service at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. Brad has served at Job Corps as a business and community liaison, an administrative officer, and currently serves as the center director.
Brad is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. He completed a B.A. in Middle East History, an M.A. from George Washington University in Public Safety and Security Leadership, and has also studied at the Naval War College.