Rich Brown is an educator and consultant to nonprofit organizations. His nonprofit career spans 29 years and has involved fundraising, leadership, and management as well as teaching. Prior to starting his consulting practice, RB Consulting, in 2014, Brown served as an adjunct, and later full-time visiting professor of philanthropy and fundraising at New York University. He continues to teach at NYU and Columbia.
He began his development career in 1987 at NYU after almost a decade with Grumman Aerospace Corporation. From 1989-91 he served as Deputy Director of Development at AFS Intercultural Programs. During nearly ten years (1991-2000) with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital he held several positions, including Area Director for all field fundraising in the eastern United States. Brown served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for SUNY College at Old Westbury (2001-04); Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's New York City Chapter (2004-06); and Vice President of Major Gifts at Autism Speaks (2006-12).
He is a board member of the NYC Chapter of AFP. He is General Chair of Fundraising Day in New York. Brown received his B.A. from SUNY Cortland and M.A. from Long Island University.