Lauren Brown

Adjunct Lecturer

Lauren Brown teaches courses in the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department.

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Lauren Brown
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Rank:  Adjunct Faculty
Department:  Social Change and Innovation
Assignment:  Ground

Lauren Brown

Adjunct Lecturer

Lauren Brown teaches courses in the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department.

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LAUREN BROWN teaches courses in the Department of Social Change and Innovation. 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.


Brandeis University

Ph.D. 2008

University of Chicago

M.P.P. 1994

University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. 1991

Area of Expertise

  • Social Services
  • Community & Government Relations
  • Policy Development
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Coaching & Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Multicultural Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Management
  • Proposal Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Coaching & Mentoring Across Cultures
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Public Health and Health Services

Industry Experience

  • Fund-Raising
  • Health and Wellness
  • Government Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Education/Learning
  • Non-Profit/Charitable
  • Social Services
  • Corporate Training


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)
Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (1996)
The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Chicago (1992)

Articles & Publications

Job seekers on the internet: An empirical analysis | The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
Brown, Lauren E.
2008 Dissertation

No Foot in the Door: An Experimental Study of Employment Discrimination Against Older Workers | Journal of Aging & Social Policy
Marc Bendick Jr PhD, Lauren E. Brown MPP & Kennington Wall
2008 Pairs of testers, one aged 57 and one aged 32, applied for 102 entry-level sales or management jobs in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Although their credentials described them as equally qualified, the older applicants received less favorable responses from employers 41.2% of the time. Three quarters of these differences occurred before older applicants could fully present their qualifications. The negative employer assumptions about older workers implied by these differences in outcome were seldom explicitly stated.


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training