Bio

Bradford "BJ" Yamamoto, Jr. is passionate about education policy and how it can impact and change the lives of students, parents, the community, and the nation.

Bradford has an extensive background in education and technology. His professional technology involvement includes the National Marine Fisheries Service, the William S. Richardson School of Law, the University of Hawaii System, and his longtime technology consulting company, Opihi Creative. In the education space, Bradford has worked in the Hawaii Department of Education as a General Music Teacher and Band Director at several schools at the elementary and high school levels. While working in the Hawaii public schools, he also served as the Education Coordinator for the, then, Honolulu Symphony and Music in the Clubhouse teacher for the Hawaii Youth Symphony for a season, respectively. Bradford left teaching in 2008 to move to California. However, keeping his involvement with music education in Hawaii, he co-founded and served as the Hawaii State Band Festival's Executive Director until 2014.

Bradford studied trombone under James Decker and music education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in Public Policy with a focus on education policy from the Claremont Graduate University.