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Paul Brown

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Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Civic Innovation Center

Paul Brown is Director of the Civic Innovation Center and associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, focused on building SPP’s programs in civic innovation and multi-sector collaborative governance. Paul brings 30 years of diverse public affairs experience to the position, including more than 15 years as an executive at one of Washington’s leading bi-partisan government relations firms. Paul led client teams that tackled public policy problems in a wide range of issue areas including the local government, telecommunications and technology, travel and tourism, and energy sectors. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill in various political and policy positions, including eight years on the Senate Democratic Leadership staff of former Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota). He also served in positions for two former governors and began his career as a research assistant at Congressional Quarterly magazine.

Paul earned his Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas, Austin, and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the School’s Washington Center. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from Kenyon College. He and his family reside in Kensington, MD, where he volunteers on the boards of several educational and religious institutions.

Areas of Interest
  • Civic engagement

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