Allison Brown

Allison Brown, Executive Director,
Communities for Just Schools Fund

About the Speaker

Allison R. Brown is the Executive Director of the Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), a national donor collaborative that provides resources in support of community organizers who are forcing the elimination of barriers to educational opportunity for historically under-served students and working to ensure positive and supportive school climates that affirm and foster the success of all students.

​Prior to joining CJSF, Allison was a program officer with the Open Society Foundations, where she was responsible for the racial justice portfolio. Allison previously worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division where she enforced federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in public education. She also initiated, developed, and led the Civil Rights Division’s efforts to combat the school-to-prison pipeline.

​Allison is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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