Lauren Brown

Adjunct Lecturer
Contact Information
University Park
Department of Study 
Social Change and Innovation
PhD, Brandeis University, 2008
MPP, University of Chicago, 1994
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991

LAUREN BROWN teaches courses in the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department. She strives to create a collaborative learning environment that supports and stimulates critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, capacity building, and synthesis of social work principles and values.

Brown’s work and research focus on social justice issues. She has policy, planning, evaluation and management experience in the public sector. As principal of Brown & Associates, Inc., she provides assistance to public and private, nonprofit human service and social justice organizations in policy analysis and formation; program evaluation; proposal writing; program and strategic planning; multicultural program development; advocacy; community organization and outreach; board development; resource development; training; facilitation; and campaign development.

In academia, Brown has administered graduate-level programs, created curricula and policies and procedures, as well as managed staff and adjunct faculty. She has helped establish the standards for mastery of core subjects and students’ learning objectives, as well as determine the selection and sequence of learning experiences and design of assessment and evaluation tools.

She has consulted on projects to improve the social welfare of the disabled, single teenage mothers, foster care and inner-city youth, and children zero to five years old. She has also worked on projects to reduce the occurrence of racial, gender and age employment discrimination. In addition, Brown has participated in place-based initiatives to increase the capacity of community residents to raise healthy children ready to enter kindergarten and assisted in the development of strategies to increase the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the labor force and in politics.

Brown has been selected to participate in several leadership programs sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty Hill Foundation and was invited to interview at the Obama White House for a political appointment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a member of numerous organizations, including the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the National Association of Black Social Workers.

Awards and Distinction
Liberty Hill Foundation Commissions Training Program, Liberty Hill Foundation (2013)
Ford Foundation Workshop on the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods (1998)
Fellowship, Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (1996)
Fellowship, The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Chicago (1992)
Grant, The UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty/ Social Science Research Council Seminar (1990)
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Selected Publications

Brown, L. (2008). Job Seekers on the Internet: An Empirical Analysis. Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Bendick, M. & Brown, L. (2003). The Emerging Job Market on the Internet. Presentation to the International Human Resource Management Conference, Limerick, Ireland.

Bendick, M. & Brown, L. (1999). No Foot in the Door: An Experimental Study of Employment Discrimination Against Older Workers. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Vol. 10, No. 4.

Brown, L. (1996). Pilot Project for Employment Testing: Report to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Washington: Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington, Inc. 

Brown, L. (1991). Poverty in California: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty Occasional Working Paper Series.