Vonda Brown is a senior program officer for the Open Society Foundations’ Latin America Program, focusing on issues of transparency and accountability. In this capacity, she oversees the Foundations’ activities to promote the right to access public information, transparency, and accountability in Latin America. In addition, Brown was instrumental in the organization of the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance, an alliance of private foundations aimed at promoting migrants’ rights in Central America and Mexico.
Brown joined the Foundations in 2005 after many years of leadership and strategic management experience, much of it in Central America. The majority of her experience is in the areas of governance, public policy, rural development, and human rights.
Prior to her work with the Foundations, Brown managed Partners of the Americas’ transparency and anticorruption hemispheric initiative. From 1995 to 2002, she resided in Nicaragua where she worked as a grants manager and later as a program field director for Plan International Nicaragua (Plan). At Plan, Brown was responsible for the organizations’ local government, health, education, water, and sanitation and community development programs in 100 communities in the departments of Managua, Chontales, Carazo, and Masaya. During her first years in Nicaragua, Brown served as a U.S. Peace Corps natural resource and community development volunteer where she worked closely with municipal governments and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Brown has a master’s in public policy and management from the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in social administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in rural development from the University of Alaska. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.