Dr. Deborah Brown has degrees in human geography, and a terminal degree in public policy, with concentration in environmental dynamics, climate-smart agriculture, and food security policies. Dr. Brown most recently held the position of Research Associate and Public Policy Analyst at the Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center, University of the Virgin Islands. In that role, she co-lead research design, data collection, and analyses to assess the impact of social policies and climate change on low-income households and vulnerable populations. She also supervised, mentored, and trained junior staff and student research assistants.

Dr. Brown has worked on issues of livelihoods and food security, particularly as they relate to: increasing participation in agriculture by women and youth, climate-smart agriculture, and improving the livelihoods of fisher folks and smallholder farmers. Her training in human geography enabled her to provide technical assistance to international development initiatives in biodiversity & ecosystem services and financial ecosystems for vulnerable populations. A trained teacher, Dr. Brown taught Geography and Sociology at the secondary and tertiary levels of education in Jamaica.

Dr. Brown has authored and co-authored technical reports and journal articles on vulnerable families in post-hurricane periods, early childhood and education, and smallholder farmers and food security.

Dr. Brown is committed to community service, as exemplified by her ongoing humanitarian work with the Wheelchair Mission to Jamaica (Rotary Districts 7020 and 6110) and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since 2002 (Jimmy Carter International Chapter).  Her commitment to service is underscored by her award as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2009 and an Organization of American States fellowship in 2010.