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Executive Director

edpic2016Robert Brown is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network.

Brown began his tenure in October 2013 becoming the fourth executive director to lead the notable agency, now in its 27th year of service.

Prior to coming to PAAN, Brown spent the majority of his career in our nation’s capital providing leadership and staff development for various organizations that aided in the spiritual, social, and economic transformation of children and families in need. He also created initiatives that focused on combating youth violence, illiteracy, the arts, and fund development.

Brown served as the Executive and Administrative Consultant to the Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in Washington, D.C. from 2006 to 2010. In 2004, he co-founded and served as Senior Vice President of the Center for Community Empowerment.

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In 1993, Brown co-founded the District of Columbia Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative; a wide variety of programs and services for children and families that promote early learning, youth development, parenting skills, involvement in the arts, and awareness of health and safety issues. From 1988 to 1993, Brown served as the Deputy Campaign Director of the Congress of National Black Churches’ National Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Campaign.  Earlier in his career, Brown founded and led the Black Women’s Community Development Foundation’s Near Northeast/Near Southeast Juvenile Justice Project.

Brown has served on several committees and task forces in the District of Columbia including: The Consortium of Youth Services, The Multi-Media Training Institute, The Living State Theatre, Mwamba International Episcopal Ministries, and The Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force.

Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.


PAAN Executive Director: Robert Brown