District Five Councilmember

Karl L. Brady, Jr.

Karl L. Brady, Jr. is the Charleston City Councilmember for District 5, representing Outer West Ashley and Johns Island.  In his role on City Council, Karl serves on the following committees and commissions:

  • Committee on Traffic and Transportation (Vice-Chair)
  • Committee on Special Facilities
  • Committee on Human Resources
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Council of Governments Charleston Area Transportation Study Committee
  • West Ashley Revitalization Commission

Karl is currently the Director, Development for Teach For America South Carolina, where he manages all of Teach For America South Carolina’s individual, corporate, and foundation giving.  Prior to that, Karl served as the Major Gifts Officer for Carolina Youth Development Center.  Before that, Karl served as the Director of Development of The Salvation Army in North Charleston, SC, where he oversaw all of the fundraising operations for The Salvation Army’s Charleston service area. Previously, Karl served as the Major Gifts Officer at Trident United Way, where he managed a portfolio of over 300 leadership donors.

Karl is a 2006 Teach For America - Atlanta alumni and was a 2009-2010 School Board Fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems. Karl was also a 2017 Public Leaders Fellow with Leadership for Educational Equity.

Karl serves on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Lowcountry, the Association of Fundraising Professionals - SC Lowcountry Chapter, the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, and the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired – South Carolina.

Karl and his wife attend Bethel United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston, where he has served as chair of the Planning and Study Committee as well as chair of the Stewardship Committee.

Karl holds a BA in History and Political Science from Wake Forest University and holds an MS in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Leadership from Northeastern University.   He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Certified Nonprofit Professional.  

Karl is a Paul Harris Fellow with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a member of the President’s Club of Wake Forest University, a James E. West Fellow with the Boy Scouts of America, a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and is an Eagle Scout.

View or download the map of District Five, boundaries effective for November 7, 2023, City of Charleston municipal election.