Ms. Branson is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the Holton-Arms School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harvard-Radcliffe College and obtained her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 1995. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations.
Ms. Branson has worked in various aspects of the legal arena since graduating from college. She began her career in the private sector, where she managed the real estate division for a firm that specialized in real estate and personal injury litigation. Ms. Branson left the private sector to pursue a clerkship with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where she became versed in civil litigation, criminal and administrative law. After leaving WMATA, Ms. Branson interned with the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary, DC Superior Court, followed by a term as a Motions Clerk with the DC Court of Appeals. Subsequent to the completion of her clerkship with the DC Court of Appeals, Ms. Branson was engaged in private practice where her work focused primarily on civil litigation, administrative appeals and business law.
Ms. Branson came to the Office of the Inspector General in August 1999 as a staff attorney. She was promoted to Counsel to the Inspector General in March 2000, and subsequently became General Counsel in December 2000.