Lynne P. Brown was appointed Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs in June 2003. Brown is responsible for the University’s interaction with government at all levels, outreach to the community, strategic communications, and university events. She oversees the offices of: Government and Community Affairs, Civic Engagement, University Events, Advertising and Publications, Web Communications, Media Production, and Public Affairs.
For the last four years, she has also led two major initiatives: "NYU 2031: NYU in NYC", the University’s first comprehensive strategy for growth; and the NYU Sustainability Task Force, a university-wide group charged with reducing the University’s environmental footprint.
A political scientist by training, Lynne received her B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University. At NYU, she teaches a graduate seminar on the politics of higher education.
Before coming to NYU, Lynne worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman (and now NYU President Emeritus) John Brademas (D-IN) and Congressman Thomas S. Foley (D-WA), respectively, during their tenures as Majority Whips in the House of Representatives.
A native New Yorker, Lynne serves on a number of civic boards, including the Union Square Partnership, where she is president, and Village Alliance business improvement district. She is a trustee emerita of Manhattan College (Riverdale, New York).