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Melanie is a nationally-recognized speaker and writer on philanthropy, social and racial justice and education policy.


“Inequality has long eroded belief in core American principles like fairnessfreedom and justice for all for people of color, women, the generationally-poor, those who are differently-abled, members of the LGBTQ community and those of us who live at the intersections of these identities. For many of us, the work of inequality is professional and also deeply personal.”

— M.

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About Melanie.

Melanie R. Brown is a nationally-recognized speaker and writer on philanthropy, social and racial justice and education policy. She began her career as a middle and high school educator. Melanie has worked across the philanthropic sector in both a regional and global foundation where her grant making has focused on accelerating academic achievement for Black, Latino and low-income students.   

Melanie is a Senior Atlantic Fellow in Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics where her research focuses on Black women’s intersectional leadership in philanthropy throughout the world. 

Melanie serves on the American University Alumni Board and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Advisory Council. She also sits on the board of the Women’s Funding Network, the largest philanthropic network of foundations, funds and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. 

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and masters’ degrees from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.   

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