Lynne P. Brown, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. In that position, Dr. 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.
In addition to these ongoing responsibilities, she helped create and shape two major initiatives for the University:
Sustainability: She served as the co-founder of the Sustainability Task Force, a university-wide group charged with assessing the University's efforts on sustainability and creating a set of recommendations to reduce the University's environmental footprint.
Campus Planning and Expansion: Dr. Brown led a major effort, the first in NYU's history, to guide strategic thinking about space planning and the University's presence in its urban environment. The result was a long-term blueprint to guide the University's growth over the next two decades, NYU 2031. The Core Plan, a key aspect of that citywide plan, was approved by New York City in 2012.
A political scientist by training, Dr. Brown 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 taught a graduate seminar on the politics of higher education for twenty years.
Before coming to NYU, Dr. Brown worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman (and now NYU President Emeritus) John Brademas and Congressman Thomas S. Foley during their tenures as Majority Whips in the House of Representatives.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Brown serves on a number of civic boards, including the Union Square Partnership, where she is co-chair; New York Building Congress, where she is Vice Chair, as well as Co-Chair of the Higher Education committee; and the Village Alliance business improvement district. She is a trustee emerita of Manhattan College (Riverdale, New York).