Debra Brown, a veteran in education legislation, budget, and policy, is Children Now’s Senior Managing Director of Education and Government Affairs.
Brown most recently was the Director of Government Affairs for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and was the liaison with local, state, and federal elected officials and government agencies. In this role, she was responsible for developing, managing, and advancing the legislative and fiscal priorities for the SPI and the California Department of Education.
Prior to that Brown served as Director of Education Policy at Children Now, and helped implement Children Now’s education policy agenda, including the organization’s work on school finance reform, Common Core, assessment and accountability issues, and early childhood readiness. She also worked as a senior legislative advocate at the California School Boards Association and served as their lead advocate on funding and finance.