Sarita E. Brown
Sarita E. Brown, President of Excelencia in Education, has spent more than two decades at prominent national academic and educational institutions and at the highest levels of government, working to develop more effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. From the start of her career at the University of Texas at Austin, where she created a national model for promoting minority success in graduate education, to her service as Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, to her current post as founding President of Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC, Ms. Brown has focused her work on expanding this country's human capital by improving the quality of higher education.
While serving as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton and Secretary of Education Richard Riley (1997–2000), Ms. Brown released the report, Creating the Will: Hispanics Achieving Educational Excellence, with recommendations to stakeholders from all sectors to close the educational achievement gap of Latino students from early childhood to graduate and professional education. From 2001–03, she worked to increase federal support for Latinos in higher education, and helped the Hispanic Scholarship Fund establish a public sector affiliate by serving as founding President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute. In 2003–04, she continued to focus on federal policy and Latino higher educational success as senior fellow at the Pew Hispanic Center while incubating the new nonprofit organization, Excelencia in Education, which was launched in Washington, DC, in June 2004.
Ms. Brown is an advisor for several national initiatives and publications, including the National Association for Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund initiative for newly elected school board members, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation Pathways to Success Initiative, TERC's President's Advisory Council, and the national advisory board for the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.
She holds a B.A. in ethnic studies, and a B.S. and M.A. in communication from The University of Texas at Austin.