Brian Barnwell was born in New York City in 1986 and is a longtime Woodside resident. He comes from a middle-class family of law enforcement officers, nurses and teachers. He earned his bachelor’s in political science, cum laude, from Arizona State University and his law degree from Albany Law School. During his time in law school, Barnwell worked for two judges, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the Albany Law School Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic. After law school, Barnwell went into private practice before working for New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides. During his time with Councilman Constantinides, Barnwell helped organize various community volunteer operations and helped countless constituents in local community matters. Barnwell also currently organizes volunteer groups that work with local churches and City Harvest to feed the needy. Barnwell’s legislative priorities include strengthening the middle class and helping those who are striving to get into the middle class, as well as helping seniors and veterans.