National attention came to Gill-Branion in the United States from the controversial newspaper article, "Sleeping with Shakepeare" by Venus Lee, in 2006.
He served as a LISC AmeriCorps member near the busiest border in the world from 1999 to 2001. His knowledge of border issues between the United States and Mexico may be considered an asset for our time.
Gill-Branion graduated from the University of Southern California with a Public Policy, Management, & Planning degree in 2006. He became a member of the American Planning Association in 2004.