Frank Brown, Esq. is the Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta. The organization’s mission is to reduce students’ non-academic barriers so they can succeed and graduate high school. CIS places supportive adults and site coordinators into schools to build one-on-one relationships with students, working to provide them with resources, emotional support and financial and academic assistance.
CIS of Atlanta is part of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Under Brown’s leadership, they have invested in innovative new programs and collaborated with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact.
For the past three years, Atlanta Magazine has recognized Brown as one of Atlanta’s most powerful education leaders.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Brown attended public school for most of his childhood until he received a scholarship to attend the prestigious private school, Bishop England High School. There, he had an opportunity to see the true value of education and the importance of supporting students to receive the best education possible. Brown was motivated to pursue his own education, graduating from honors from Johnson C. Smith University and earning his JD from the University of Southern California School of Law. After passing the bar, and successful internships at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington D.C., and with Congressman Mark Sanford and Senator Arlen Specter, Brown worked in Harlem with the Boys and Girls Harbor organization, then went on to lead the Oasis Community Corporation which provides after-school services in New York City Public Schools.
Now as Chief Executive Officer of CIS of Atlanta, Brown is on a mission to transform the organization to be the number one affiliate in the country. He has completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.