Behrend is a coauthor, with Joseph Bast and Policy Advisor Ben Boychuk, of “The Parent Trigger: A Model for Transforming Education,” a Heartland Policy Brief released in August 2010.
In 2009, Behrend served as the policy director/strategist to a gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois primary election. In 2008, he co-authored Illinois Deserves Better – The Ironclad Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for a constitutional convention in the state. He also served as an advisor to various groups seeking to rewrite the legislative article of the Illinois Constitution.
From 2006-2008, Behrend hosted a radio show in the Northern Chicago metropolitan area. The show showcased various authors and policy specialists, including publisher Steve Forbes, Phoenix University Founder John Sperling, columnist Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and Heartland Senior Fellow Jay Lehr.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his degree in finance. He earned his J.D. from IIT-Kent College of Law in 1990, and he is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.