SoBRO announced the appointment of Steven Brown as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Brown, who succeeds retired CEO Phil Morrow, will oversee SoBRO’s expansive youth and adult service programs, its affordable and supportive housing development & management arm, small business programming and job training initiatives.
“SoBRO is a great organization doing great work for residents and small businesses in the Bronx community. As the organization celebrates its 45 anniversary and prepares for the next 45 years, we believe Steven Brown has the experience, business acumen and vision to build upon our foundation to bring SoBRO to the next level,” said Jean Smith, SoBRO’s Chairwoman. “Brown has dedicated his professional life to programs and causes that serve vulnerable populations. His previous experience and leadership at notable organizations including the Community Preservation Corporation, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Greyston Foundation have prepared him well for the challenges and opportunities of the South Bronx community. His compassion, authenticity and collaborative nature make him a perfect fit for SoBRO as we thrive to achieve common goals alongside nonprofit, government and corporate sector partners,” continued Smith. “We are confident he is the right person to lead us through our next stage of growth.”
Steven Brown is a seasoned leader in housing and community development with extensive experience managing mission driven organizations. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Building Skills New York, which provides training and employment opportunities for low-income New Yorkers in the affordable housing construction and management industries. Brown previously held the position of President and CEO of the Greyston Foundation, a non-profit community development organization in Yonkers, New York that addresses poverty through multiple interventions including workforce development, affordable housing, child care services and community gardens. The world-renowned Greyston Bakery has served as a model for successful work force development, community renewal and personal transformation within a profitable business environment.
“I’ve known of SoBRO and the work they do for quite some time. It’s my honor to work with the board, staff and community stakeholders to lead SoBRO to new heights,” says Brown. “For 45 years and counting, SoBRO has worked with both private and public partners to create opportunities for residents in the South Bronx and adjacent neighborhoods. The organization has distinguished itself in serving this community, but there is still much work to be done to improve the quality of life in the South Bronx to prepare its residents, particularly young people, for the economy of the 21st Century. Improving and expanding current program offerings is my top priority,” he continues.
Brown also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Community Service Society and is a Director of the Edwin Gould Foundation, Wise Services, and The Greater Centennial Community Development Corporation. He is married with 2 children and resides in White Plains, NY.
SoBRO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.
SoBRO is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.
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