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Alexander Brown

Alexander Brown, MBA, PhD, LCSW has over twenty-five years’ experience providing services and managing programs in nonprofit organizations. He is currently Interim Executive Director of Friedman Place, a supported living community for adults who are visually impaired. He has served as clinical director of a very large nonprofit that provides a wide range of social services to people in Cook and Dupage Counties; executive director of an agency that provides supportive housing to adults recovering from chronic mental illnesses; managed community-based programs that serve older adults; and he has worked in hospital-based crisis intervention, outpatient therapy, and employee assistance programs. He has served as a reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and currently teaches graduate-level courses in Human Resources and Nonprofit Marketing at DePaul University’s School of Public Service and Concordia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses in Leadership, Financial Accounting, Business Planning, and Strategy. 

He has served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations including the Howard Brown Health Center; Seniors Action Services; Housing Options for the Mentally Ill, the John Howard Association, and the National Association of Social Workers’ Illinois Chapter (and Chicago District Chair). He has also served as a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society (Illinois Division) Cancer Disparities Research Grants and Cancer Control and Population Sciences grants as well as for the Federal agency the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He presents frequently to both professional and lay audiences on a wide range of topics related to both clinical and administrative matters. He has a master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, a master's degree in business management from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and a doctoral degree in clinical social work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.