Taj Anton Brown is the Senior Manager of Capacity and Development for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, based in Washington, DC.
He has led a variety of successful initiatives since joining CDF in 2002,formerly serving as the Deputy Manager of National Field Operations and Senior Organizer in the New York office. Immediately following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he relocated to Jackson, MS to direct an emergency response initiative that provided 37 weeks of free after-school care and other support for displaced families through 9 program sites in Cleveland, Columbia, Jackson and Metcalfe, MS.
Among his community work, Taj has coordinated a county-wide program to reduce elder abuse in communities of color; started conflict resolution peer-mediation training programs which continue to operate in four public school systems; launched a 10 year old gleaning program for under-resourced food providers and service agencies; advised Pennsylvania, Iowa and Connecticut’s Governors and Senators on public education policy matters; set University policy on sexual harassment, equal opportunities and diversity programming; and coordinated wrap around services for at-risk students through the Higher Education Opportunities Program. He was on the National Board of Directors for the NAACP from 1997-2002 where he served as Julian Bond’s appointee to the Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Since 1997, he has helped manage an annual summer retreat for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS from across the east coast, Camp Dreamcatcher, and he delivers hundreds of presentations around leadership development, poverty reduction, social justice and direct action each year.
He holds a BA in Political Science from Lock Haven University and among the programs he has matriculated through are the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative sponsored by the John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management, and the International Program of Spanish Culture and Studies at the University of Malaga in Ronda, Spain.