Bonita J. Brown, J.D.

Bonita J. Brown, JD, is the Vice President of Network Engagement at Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Bonita works to support ATD’s Network of 277 community colleges in 44 states, leads the First Year Experience program for new colleges joining the ATD Network, leads the Network Advisory Committee, manages the organization’s peer learning activities, and connects communities of practice to support peer learning.

Bonita comes to ATD from The Education Trust as the Director of Higher Education Practice where she led a national initiative entitled, Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy, or OASIS, a network of 10 regional, comprehensive, minority-serving institutions developed to share and implement best practices for student success, specifically working on behalf of low-income students and students of color. In OASIS, Bonita collaborated with senior leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to develop leadership capacity to implement student success practices. Under her leadership, several network institutions saw a 10 percent improvement in the percentage of students on track to graduate in four years in the first year of the initiative.

Before she joined The Education Trust, Bonita held a variety of senior leadership positions at a number of public and private colleges and universities and HBCU’s, serving in roles such as vice chancellor, chief of staff, and general counsel. She also holds membership in three state bars. Bonita is a frequent presenter and panelist at professional conferences and meetings and is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on the topics of leadership, governing boards, and law. She received the 2014 Top Women in Business Award from Triad Business Journal, Greensboro, NC.

Bonita earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and the Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University.

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