Courtney Brown, Ph.D, is vice president of strategic impact for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In this role, Brown oversees the foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, learning, and effectiveness. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement. Brown ensures Lumina uses data and research to inform and apply lessons to its work.
She joined the foundation in 2011 with a strong background in performance measurement, research, and evaluation. Before 2011, Brown was a senior research associate at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. There, she led studies and evaluations focused on education and post-high school programs within the United States and across Europe.
Brown has developed and shared manuals, working papers, articles, and books related to undergraduate research, performance measurement, randomized-control trials, and other evaluation methods. She has conducted webinars on topics such as evaluation, performance measurement, and success in education beyond high school. She has led workshops and training on evaluation and performance assessment for organizations internationally and is a frequent speaker and panelist in the United States and other countries.
Brown serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry Foundation Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Indianapolis, and on the Indiana Evaluation Association board. She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.