Courtney Brown, Ph.D.

Courtney Brown, Ph.D., is the vice president of strategic impact at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused specifically on increasing Americans’ postsecondary success. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, impact, and learning. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement efforts.  Brown works to ensure Lumina uses data and research to inform and continuously apply lessons to work across the Foundation and stays focused on the impact of its work toward the 60% attainment goal.

She joined the Foundation in 2011 with a strong background in performance measurement, research and evaluation. Prior to joining Lumina, Brown was a senior research associate at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. In that role, she led multiple studies and evaluations focused on education and postsecondary programs both within the United States as well as throughout Europe. She also developed, designed and implemented performance measurement systems for multiple programs throughout the United States.

Brown has developed and disseminated manuals, working papers, articles and books on various topics related to undergraduate research, performance measurement systems, randomized-control trials, and evaluation methodology more generally; has conducted webinars on various issues related to evaluation, performance measurement, and postsecondary success; conducted workshops and training on evaluation and performance assessment for multiple programs and organizations across the world; and is a frequent panelist and speaker on these issues throughout the U.S. and the globe.

Brown serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry Foundation Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee of 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 Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.