Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Brandi Stanton earned a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. She taught college-level literature, writing, and gender studies classes for 13 years and served as an academic advisor for first-generation college students and faculty consultant for teaching first-year students. Before she came to Playtime, Brandi lead grant writing and communications at Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC, for five years. She lives in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of DC with her 19-year-old cat and finds any excuse to lie on a beach.