As the only child of disabled parents, including a mother who grew up in the Pre-Civil Rights American South, Ahmmad Brown (he/him) has always been sensitive to issues of equity. As a young child, Ahmmad's family moved from Oakland to a suburb in California’s Central Valley, and later to Sacramento for access to stronger-performing public schools. This gave him firsthand experience seeing how race and class intersect to influence access to opportunity. 

 

With academic training in sociology and experience as a practitioner, Ahmmad has developed a deep working knowledge of DEIJ best practices. Ahmmad’s accomplishments in this space include:

 

  • Leading a team of senior administrators and faculty at a private college to develop and evaluate a pre-orientation program providing sociocultural learning and community building for Black students. In three years, the program has supported nearly 200 students, and its success led to a seven-figure donor commitment.

  • With Working IDEAL, developing and analyzing a novel survey that was distributed to roughly 2.5K employees of a large municipality to assess workplace culture, recruitment, hiring, advancement and retention policies from a DEIJ perspective. The results have informed the municipality’s internal DEIJ plan.

  • Serving as the primary author of an internal document for The Bridgespan Group to integrate racial equity into its strategy work and case team processes.

  • Serving as the Diversity Recruitment Director at Williams College, where he defined institutional priorities with the College’s senior administration, and managed three staff to lead efforts for the recruitment of first-generation, low-income and student of color populations, accounting for roughly 45% of each enrolling class.

 

In addition to running EBDI and serving as a senior advisor to nationally-recognized DEIJ consultancy Working Ideal, Ahmmad is in the final year of his doctoral studies in organizational behavior. His work empirically examines how Black students experience student life in predominantly-White institutions, and how individuals perceive the importance of different aspects of their identities.

 

Ahmmad holds an M.B.A. and M.A in Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology and Japanese from Swarthmore College.

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Ahmmad Brown

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