Allison R. Brown is a special advisor at the Open Society Foundations focusing on racial justice, including advocating for boys and men of color, and educational equity and access to education for all youth.
Prior to joining the Foundations, Brown was president of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC) and host of the online radio show Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education. She also worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the educational opportunities section of the civil rights division. At the Department of Justice, she helped coordinate efforts to combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Brown has worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. She clerked for Justice Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court and for Judge David F. Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Brown graduated summa cum laude from Howard University and obtained her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.