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Amy Brown

The Ford Foundation

Amy Brown's work focuses on providing financial services for low-income households in the United States. Her grant making supports developing affordable and appropriate financial products and services; building an infrastructure to expand access to financial products and services; and engaging in policy advocacy to promote responsible regulation and consumer protection.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2010, Amy was a senior consultant to the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program and also consulted with a diverse roster of clients including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Center for Financial Services Innovation, Federal Reserve and Children’s Defense Fund. She has also held positions as director of income policy for the Community Food Resource Center, where she launched and managed a large-scale Earned Income Tax Credit campaign; senior associate at MDRC, where she directed technical assistance related to welfare reform; professional staff member at the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, where she worked on Food Stamp, child nutrition and health care legislation; and executive director of Neighbors Together Corporation, where she managed emergency food, health care and AIDS education programs for residents of Brownsville in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Amy earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Columbia College and a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University.