David W. Brown has helped guide the strategic direction for non-profit and other mission-focused organizations throughout his 30+ year career. He is the Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. He previously served as the Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) – a nonprofit focused on child literacy by opening and operating previously closed public elementary school libraries. He is also Founder of The Marketing Collaborative – a non-profit that provides strategic marketing services to other Philadelphia non-profits. A graduate of Duquesne University where he majored in Journalism, David is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) where he received a Masters degree in Theology focusing on Public Policy and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Temple where he is pursuing his PhD in Media and Communication.
Brown is a past recipient of the Speaker of the Year by the Pennsylvania Communication Society and was inducted to the Public Relations Hall of Fame by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) — the oldest independent public relations organization in the country. He is the only living practitioner of color in the Hall. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) David Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and is the first African American to be so honored. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Ofield Dukes Educator Award conferred by the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) recognizing the best African Americans in the public relations industry that are making positive contributions in the community. It was named after the legendary African American practitioner who worked with music icon Stevie Wonder to make Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. Professor Brown is the first Philadelphia practitioner to be selected.
Brown is one of the founding members of NewCORE (the New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity) which, since its founding in 2009, has successfully convened nearly 200 Conversations and developed and hosted specific Conversations designed to positively combat racism throughout the City. Brown is also the co-founder of the Bridge Walk for Peace which commemorates the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King with a sunrise walk on the Ben Franklin Bridge to re-commit to the work of peace in communities. Started on April 4, 2007, it is the nation’s oldest active observance.
Brown is a frequent columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia Tribune and served as the General Manager of 900 AM WURD, Pennsylvania’s only black-owned talk radio station. He was also named “A Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration for his work in the public, private and faith communities. He serves as a member of the ministry staff of Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, and he is the published author of “Freedom Drawn from Within” which examines the historic role that African Americans have played in forming the modern United Methodist church.
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David W. Brown has helped guide the strategic direction for non-profit and other mission-focused organizations throughout his 30+ year career. He is the Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. He previously served as the Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for…Read More