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Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Interim Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Why do you do what you do?

With the exception of brief stints teaching traffic school and working as a busboy, I’ve spent my entire adult life working for elected officials, foundations, or nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping improve peoples’ lives. Why do I do that? Because it has simply never occurred to me to do anything else. Serving a greater cause just feels like the right thing to do for me.

What drew you to the foundation?

I have always been a huge fan of the foundation and have long admired its commitment to being part of a solution to some of the most pressing social challenges of our time. To have the opportunity to help advance that work is such an extraordinary gift, and I’m thrilled to be able to play my part.

How would you describe your role?

The role of our department is to use communications to advance the mission of the foundation – to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to attend a good school, get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice, and to help donors in the community connect with the causes and passions they care about.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I serve on the board of the Cutting Ball Theater, which is located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and I am an advisor to a group called the Narrative Initiative, which is working to shift public understanding about equity and social justice.

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