Alumni Changemakers: Victoria Brown
Expanding Opportunity for Families and Communities
To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alum Victoria Brown completed the Junior Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.
Victoria Brown embodies the values of collaboration, dedication, and leadership. She received her B.A. in Politics from Princeton University before going on to the University of California, Berkeley to get her M.P.P.
After Princeton, she worked as a Program Associate at Single Stop, she organized people and systems to help end poverty and bring greater stability to families. At Berkeley, Victoria pursued interests in education policy, working with New Visions for Public Schools to help initiate a data management system that integrated their 76 schools, and then as a policy analyst with Oakland Unified School District. She assisted Oakland USD leadership with the parent and community engagement component of their strategic plan.
Upon graduation from Berkeley, she began an impactful career at the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow, where she rapidly rose through the ranks. During her first stint at HUD, she worked to strengthen neighborhood revitalization programs through advising on Promise and Choice Neighborhoods. She also served as a lead for the Multifamily Housing Transformation Initiative, during which time she helped reorganize operations across 50 state offices, streamlining financing for new multifamily housing and improving oversight of buildings with rental assistance units. As Senior Policy Advisor, her leadership secured rental assistance, supported the elderly and disabled in their housing needs, and provided more opportunities to families receiving HUD assistance. In 2016, she went on detail from HUD to the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she advanced economic mobility and helped to secure the policy achievements of the Obama administration. In this capacity, she helped author a White House toolkit on reducing local barriers to housing development.
“Equitable recovery cannot be achieved through a piecemeal approach; it must consider how policy, capital and capacity influence disparate outcomes.”
She went on to become a Director and then Senior Director at Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that finds homes for those that don’t have one. In this leadership role, Victoria’s strategic planning generated and managed revenue that supported over 100 projects spanning 50 cities and fostered an inclusive team environment built on shared principles, accountability, and empowerment.
After Enterprise, she returned to HUD, where she currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, bringing her strong leadership and skillset to improving the quality of life for families and communities.
Victoria understands the value of both innovative and collective efforts. She brings new life to systems, equitable solutions to neighborhoods, and expanded opportunity to people. Her discernment, vision, and courage are helping to create stable families, efficient programs, and unified teams.
Thank you, Victoria! Your dedication to community infrastructure and support is creating safe spaces where people can thrive. As you effectively organize data and communicate it in engaging ways, you encourage collective action on behalf of the greater good. Such efforts usher in a more just and caring society.
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