Vonda Brown is a senior program manager for the Open Society Foundations’ work in Latin America and the Caribbean. Brown oversees the Latin America Program’s goal of promoting democracy in the 21st century. In this capacity, she manages the program’s strategies to defend the right to information, promote transparent and accountable governments, and increase citizens’ voices and participation in governance. In addition, Brown has been instrumental in the coordination of Open Society’s collective work on the post-2015 development agenda and the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (a multi-donor initiative).
Prior to her work with Open Society, Brown oversaw the transparency and anticorruption strategies of Partners of the Americas and the InterAmerican Democracy Network. She also worked as a grants manager and later as a program field director for Plan Nicaragua, where she was responsible for the organization’s largest field office and its municipal governance and local development programs. During her first years in Nicaragua, Brown worked closely with environmental youth movements, municipal governments, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to advance the use of solar energy and environmentally friendly technologies. She previously served as a U.S. Peace Corps natural resource and community development volunteer.
Brown has an MA 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.