Jonathan Brown became President Emeritus of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities in November 2011, after a 20 year tenure. Prior to AICCU, Brown served in a number of political positions including two in the White House. He was also a staff member for a U.S. Senator, a Member of Congress and the Minority Leader of the California Assembly. Then, in January of 2012, Brown funded Buffalo Consulting, a specialized firm dealing with university and nonprofit issues.
He holds an AB (honors) in International Relations from the University of the Pacific and completed graduate study at George Washington University (International Relations), Catholic University (Urban Education) and Harvard University (Institute for Educational Management) before completing a DPA at the University of Southern California with specializations in Public Finance and Tax.
Brown has held leadership positions in state and national education organizations, including Chair of the National Association of State College and University State Executives and the NAICU board. He was a congressionally appointed member of the National Commission on College Costs and a member of the NACUBO Task Force on College Costs. Brown has also worked extensively with universities in Mexico and has taught at the business schools of Universidad Anáhuac del Sur.
The USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento honored Brown as Adjunct Faculty of the year in 2000 and currently, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Brown is also fluent in Spanish and has acquired a historic home in central Mexico.
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