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Josiah H. Brown is inaugural executive director of a statewide Connecticut CASA organization, after having served as founding executive director of CASA of Southern Connecticut, part of the national CASA network for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and are in need of court-appointed special advocates. Before, he was the first associate director of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. He worked with New Leaders for a summer during its start-up and was responsible for researching prospective partner cities. Previously, he was chief of staff to the president of the New School (Jonathan Fanton). In earlier roles, Brown was an aide to U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and to the director of a center at Columbia University. He worked for UConn Upward Bound and ConnPIRG and has volunteered with various urban youth organizations and public schools. He has a B.A. with distinction in history, magna cum laude, from Yale and a master’s in public policy from Harvard, where he co-chaired a Kennedy School student nonprofit management group and was a member of the Social Enterprise Club at Harvard Business School. At the Kennedy School, he and a classmate, Corinne Herlihy, co-authored a report on out-of-school programs and policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A former president of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, he chairs the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. At Yale, since 2008 he has been an associate fellow of Saybrook College. He is an occasional contributor to the Good Men ProjectNew Haven Independent, and Times of India. He and his wife, Sahar Usmani-Brown, live in New Haven with their children.


Brown attended rural public schools in Windham County, Connecticut for nine years. On a partial scholarship, he then attended Groton School. He has a bachelors degree from Yale and a masters in public policy from Harvards Kennedy School of Government.