Race Forward Appoints Dr. Kerry Mitchell Brown SVP of Finance and Operations

Brings more than 30 years of progressive, social justice, non-profit, higher education, and Fortune 50 organizational experience to the organization


July 8, 2022, New York—Race Forward, a leading racial justice nonprofit organization working to eradicate systemic racism, has appointed Kerry Mitchell Brown, Ph.D., MBA, as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations. As a member of the Executive Team, Dr. Brown will provide strategic insights on operational excellence to Race Forward and provide leadership to the finance, technology, and human resources teams.

Dr. Brown joined Race Forward a little over a year ago as a strategic advisor and to provide leadership during Senior Team members’ sabbaticals in the areas of Research and Programs. She also leads the organization’s strategic Programmatic Assessment process.

“We are pleased to have Kerry take on this critical role for our organization,” stated Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines. “Since joining Race Forward, Kerry has brought a strategic, transformative perspective to the organization, which is much needed as we manage unprecedented growth within the organization and unprecedented backlash against the racial justice movement.”

Dr. Brown has extensive experience in issues of racial equity, organizational development, and capacity building and has supported numerous organizations that center and prioritize confronting racism, specifically anti-Black racism, in analysis and action. As a scholar-practitioner, she puts management theory, organizational theory, and social movement theory into practice to construct a multidimensional framework for racial equity and organizational transformation.

“I approach my work by drawing on the complicated connections and complex architecture between local and national politics, racial inequalities, and the myriad of ways in which these realities manifest in organizations while accurately assessing organizational needs, key issues, and factors that influence organizations’ responsiveness to social issues affecting organizational and leadership performance. I look forward to the opportunity this role provides to bring this approach organization-wide to Race Forward,” states Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Organizations and Management, an M.B.A., a BSBA in Finance, and is a Gestalt OSD Certified Practitioner. She leads an organizational development consulting firm, kmb, that partners with leaders and organizations to solve complex organizational and people challenges that interfere with strong, sustainable results and long-term organizational health. 

Prior to kmb, Dr. Brown was instrumental in leading the second largest labor union’s organizational transformation in the way they approached race and accumulated close to two decades of strategic business experience in various domestic and international Finance, Organizational Development, and Operations roles with increasing responsibility at various organizations like Prudential Financial, Walt Disney Company, and Dartmouth College.

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