Josiah H. Brown is associate director of the Yale-New Haven Teachers
Institute. He worked with New Leaders for New Schools for a summer during its start-up, responsible for researching prospective
partner cities. Previously, he was chief of staff to the president of the New School (then Jonathan F. Fanton, who also chaired
Human Rights Watch and New York's 14th Street-Union Square Local Development Corporation at the time). In earlier roles, Brown
was an aide to U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and to the director of a center at Columbia University run by the Freedom
Forum, which later launched the Newseum. He worked for UConn Upward Bound and ConnPIRG and has volunteered with various urban
youth organizations and public schools. He has a B.A. with distinction in history, magna cum laude, from Yale and
a master’s in public policy from Harvard, where he co-chaired a Kennedy School student nonprofit management group and
was a member of the Social Enterprise Club at Harvard Business School. At
the Kennedy School, he and a classmate, Corinne Herlihy, co-authored a report on out-of-school programs and policy for
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past president
of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, he chairs the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. He and his wife, Sahar
Usmani-Brown, live in New Haven with their two young children.
Brown attended rural public schools in Windham County, Connecticut for nine years. On a partial scholarship, he then attended Groton School. He has a bachelor's degree from Yale
a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.