In November of 2009, Gregory L. Brown became the executive director of PolicyBridge a 501c (3) non-partisan public policy research and advocacy think tank based in Northeast Ohio. PolicyBridge monitors urban policy issues and inform regional public policy debates by framing issues of relevance to African American and other underserved communities. Prior to November 2009, Mr. Brown was president of Brown & Associates Consulting Services which provides consulting services to philanthropic, public and nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic thinking and planning, community building, youth development, organizational development, public policy, and program and project development.
Prior to Brown & Associates Consulting Services, Mr. Brown was executive director and president of The Center for Community Solutions. Under Mr. Brown’s leadership, Community Solutions strategically sparked and promoted an understanding of the critical link between human services and economic development. He articulated a message throughout northeast Ohio that Human Capital Development–building an environment that helps and allows all people to reach their full potential and participate in the economic revitalization of the region–is the most important investment that can and should be made. Today, human capital development is on the lips of government officials, community leaders, funders and service providers around the state. Similarly, Mr. Brown played a key role in helping Greater Cleveland’s human services community change the way it viewed the circumstances of young people, moving away from looking solely at their needs and problems and, instead, using an asset-based approach to Youth Development.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, Mr. Brown served as associate director of the Cleveland Community-Building Initiative where he was responsible for operational and program-related activities in four Cleveland neighborhoods. Mr. Brown has also served as the founding executive director of the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, a non-profit neighborhood revitalization organization focusing on new home construction, home repair, commercial and economic development, and land usage. While executive director of Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, Mr. Brown was a member of the team that developed the City of Cleveland’s federal Empowerment Zone proposal which successfully resulted in more than $190 million being awarded to the City of Cleveland to revitalize existing housing and initiate new housing construction and economic development. Before Mr. Brown led the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, he was employed as housing management director for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. In his role as housing management director, Mr. Brown was responsible for the ongoing operation and day-to-day management of more than 20,000 public housing units throughout Cuyahoga County.
Mr. Brown has served on numerous health and social service organizations boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Beech Brook, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and the Centers for Families and Children. He is also serving as a member of the Council of Regional Economic Policy Advisor in Northeast Ohio. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Cleveland and the 2008 recipient of the Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Brown is also an adjunct instructor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at the Cleveland State University Mr. Brown holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degrees from Cleveland State University.