BRAYDEN PAPE     Founder & CEO 

Helix Charter HS

Brayden founded PILT in the summer of 2021 when he was a volunteer at PATH San Diego. He is a junior at Helix Charter High School (HCHS).

As CEO, Brayden oversees all aspects of PILT and manages fund development, donor relations, outreach, recruiting, and the website.  He is a graduate of the Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders, and received formal leadership training and mentoring from Albert Einstein Charter Middle School Vice Principal, Dr. Jose Diaz, when he served as ASB President in 2019-2020. 

Brayden is committed to finding housing-based solutions to homelessness. Soon after his middle school graduation in 2020, Brayden joined San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's mayoral campaign as its youngest intern to help elect a mayor who believed in the "housing-first" approach to end homelessness.  As a freshman at Helix Charter, Brayden founded the "Class of 2024 Community Outreach Project" to assist the most vulnerable San Diegans during the height of the pandemic. 

Brayden was his high school's nominee for the Ben Carson Scholarship and is honored to have been selected a 2023 Carson Scholar.  He serves on the San Diego County Board of Education as its student board member for District 3. On campus, Brayden is the student representative on the School Safety Planning Committee and has served on the PTSA Board of Directors as the Class of 2024 Representative since his freshman year.  He also serves on the Student Equity Advisory, is a speech and debate captain, Link Crew leader, a member of ASB, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Asian Student Alliance, and Scottie Restore (a restorative justice initiative). Outside of school, Brayden serves on the PSA 182 Memorial Advocacy Committee, and works part-time as a tutor at his school. 

Whenever he has free time, Brayden likes to play with his gigantic dog, hang out with friends, read, write, cook, bake, and play video games, sometimes all at the same time. His favorite subjects are math, English, and history, and he hopes to major in psychology in college.

Brayden speaks English and German, and is learning French.