Deborah Brown Consulting

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Deborah Brown Consulting (DBC) brings 30+ years experience managing and supporting executive teams within international, national and regional nonprofits, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies. DBC specializes in grant writing, project management and board governance that increases funding and promotes a greater good in line with clients’ missions.

Grant Support

Deborah Brown Consulting helps organizations throughout the grant process—from readiness audits, research and planning, to writing, evaluation and reporting. Deborah Brown is versed in navigating the rigorous requirements of competitive grants, alleviating stress and allowing clients to focus on the business at hand. A skilled matchmaker, Deborah is committed to creating sustainable win-win partnerships between grantees and funders. 

Project Management

Deborah Brown Consulting customizes services to help non-profit, foundation, for-profit and hybrid clients with a variety of special projects. These include needs assessments, research, program development, and donor advisement. A seasoned communicator, quick-study, and adept problem solver, DBC serves as a committed team-builder and versatile ally. 

Board Governance

Deborah Brown Consulting supports organizations wherever they are in the board process—from initiation, recruitment and structuring, to meeting management, board secretary work, and long-term growth. DBC has a proven track record of cultivating high-functioning, strategic teams that give organizations the financial stability and resilience needed to bring their vision to life.  


Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown brings years of experience to socially conscious organizations, helping clients in the nonprofit, for-profit and hybrid sectors grow their impact. She specializes in grant writing, project management and board governance and enjoys collaborating with individuals and teams, whether they are working on a local or global scale. 

Previously, Deborah served as corporate secretary for the Romanian-American Foundation and the Romanian-American Enterprise Fund. Both endeavors were established by the U.S. Congress to teach Western business practices and foster democracy in post-Soviet Romania. She has also been chief of staff of Riverkeeper, which defends the Hudson River and protects the drinking water of millions of New Yorkers.

Before that Deborah managed customer relations for Barnes & Noble, where she oversaw the customer retention program for the Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, Bookstop, Bookstar and Scribner's chains of bookstores. Deborah's career in communications has also included speech writing at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, and writing and press relations at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, where she was the assistant director of public affairs.

Deborah is the former program director of the Alexander Julian Foundation for Aesthetic Understanding and Appreciation, which supported arts and creative education in the U.S., and which she helped to found.

Ms. Brown holds a B.A. in mass media analysis/journalism, with a minor in international relations from New York University.  She serves as treasurer of Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing fundraising and philanthropy in the lower Hudson Valley through the advancement of grantsmanship. Deborah is also a founding member of the Newburgh Clean Water Project and a member of the Grant Professionals Association.