The only child of disabled parents, including a mother who grew up in the Pre-Civil Rights American South, Ahmmad Brown has always been sensitive to issues of equity. Having moved from Oakland to the suburbs of California’s Central Valley at age four to have access to stronger-performing public schools, he has also seen firsthand how experiences of race and class intersect to influence access to opportunity.
With academic training in sociology and a professional career as an operator and consultant, Ahmmad has developed a deep working knowledge and command of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) best practices. Ahmmad’s accomplishments in the DEI space include:
Leadership of a team of senior administrators and faculty at a private college to develop a pre-orientation program targeted at Black students that focuses on sociocultural learning and community building. The program has supported nearly 200 students over three years, with success of the program resulting in an additional seven-figure donor commitment.
Development and analysis of a novel survey as a senior research associate with Working IDEAL that was distributed to roughly 2.5K employees of a large municipality to assess workplace culture, and the efficacy of recruitment, hiring, advancement and retention policies from a DEI perspective. Survey results have informed core recommendations for the municipality’s internal DEI 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 institutional 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 providing DEI consulting services, Ahmmad is currently completing his doctoral studies in organizational behavior. His empirical work 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.
It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.