Dr. JoAnna M. Brown is a Senior Research Fellow with Sagamore Institute for Policy Research as well as the Executive Director of Community Partners In Research. Dr. Brown earned her Bachelor of Urban Planning, Master of Community Planning, and doctoral degree in Regional Development Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Political Science.
For over fifteen years, she has worked for both non-profit organizations and local and regional governments in housing, community development and planning, and transportation planning. She was employed with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission (HCRPC) (in Ohio) under a grant funded by the United Way as a Senior Housing Planner. As a Senior Housing Planner, she collaborated with local jurisdictions, community stakeholders, and non-profit and private housing developers on development workforce housing plans for inner-ring suburban communities in Hamilton County, Ohio. Dr. Brown also has experience in community development serving as the Community Development Director for the City of Silverton, Ohio. Prior to her employment with HOME/HCRPC and the City of Silverton, she was employed for approximately eight years with the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering, four of which were as a Senior Transportation Planner.
She also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Butler University Political Science Department (2012 – 2016), the University of Cincinnati Urban Planning Department (2009 – 2011), and Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Public Administration (2001 – 2007). Her courses included local government and planning, geographic information systems, public policy, state and local government, and US politics.
Dr. Brown’s research focuses are nonprofits, social capital, community and economic development, and public policy.