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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Matzo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
They Say It Couldn't Be Done.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1952
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Matzo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
They Say It Couldn't Be Done.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1952
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Non profit executive Christine James-Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1952 to Eva and Howard James. After graduating from Burlington City High School in Burlington, New Jersey, James-Brown enrolled at Rutgers University. She earned her B.A. degree in cultural anthropology in 1974. She was accepted and attended Brown University with the intent on obtaining her PhD in anthropology but left after one year to marry and move to New York with her husband, a graduate student at Columbia Business School. She then went to work at the New York City Department for the Aging, Special Project on Crime Against the Elderly. She then went to work at the New York City Foundation for Senior Citizens. Two years later, James-Brown was hired by the United Way, serving as a planning consultant before being promoted to the deputy director of administration. James-Brown was promoted to director of allocations and agency relations and director of fund distribution and community problem-solving for the United Way in 1985 and 1988, respectively. In 1994, James-Brown was appointed President and CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (UWSEPA). She was appointed President and CEO of United Way International ten years later. In 2007, James-Brown left the United Way to become the president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).

James-Brown has amassed numerous awards and recognition throughout her career, including the National Council of Negro Women’s Mary McLeod Bethune Award, B'nai B'rith’s Humanitarian Award and Operation Understanding’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award, all in 1999. One year later, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania named her a "Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania," which honors women of distinction.
She was also the recipient of the Center of Autistic Children Small Miracles Award and the American Society for Public Excellence in Public Service. In 1996, James-Brown received an honorary doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additionally, James-Brown has served as a White House Presidential Panel Moderator under former President George W. Bush. In 2001, she was nominated to serve as a U.S. Olympic Committee Torchbearer. James-Brown also served as a Red Cross volunteer in the African nation of Kenya.

She has served on a number of governing and advisory boards of organizations including the United Way of America National Professional Council, the Fels Fund, The William Penn Foundation, Public Private Ventures, Eagles Youth Partnership, Vanguard Charitable Trusts, Comcast & NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, the International Eisenhower Fellowships Nominating Committee, and the Philadelphia School Board. She has one daughter, a son-in-law and two granddaughters and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Christine James-Brown was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on April 30, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Christine James-Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Christine James-Brown describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Christine James-Brown remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown talks about her brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown describes the demographics of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown remembers Harrity Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown remembers the music of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Christine James-Brown talks about William L. Sayre Junior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown remembers the gang activity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown remembers moving to Burlington County, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown describes her experiences at Burlington City High School in Burlington, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown describes her decision to attend Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown describes her experiences at Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown remembers her classmates at Douglass College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown describes her reasons for leaving Brown University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown talks about the New York City Department for the Aging, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown talks about the New York City Department for the Aging, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown describes the history of MOVE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown talks about her cousin's involvement in MOVE
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown remembers the bombing of the MOVE commune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown describes the aftermath of the MOVE bombing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown talks about the struggle against police authority in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown describes her career at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown remembers becoming the CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown talks about the reorganization of the United Way of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown describes the structure of the United Way of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown recalls serving on the Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown reflects upon her career at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown recalls her trip to Kenya with the American Red Cross, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown recalls her trip to Kenya with the American Red Cross, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown describes her role as the CEO of United Way International
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown recalls her transition to the Child Welfare League of America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown talks about the connections between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown talks about the state of the child welfare system in the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown talks about the future of the Child Welfare League of America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Christine James-Brown talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Christine James-Brown describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Christine James-Brown reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Christine James-Brown reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Christine James-Brown talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Christine James-Brown talks about her international travel
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Christine James-Brown reflects upon the welfare of children in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Christine James-Brown describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Christine James-Brown narrates her photographs