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Donna and Richard Brown P'20

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Richard and Donna Brown at the President's Dinner.

Donna and Richard Brown are honored to be part of The Ursuline Family. Their daughter Alexandria, currently a senior, will graduate in May and has been accepted Early Decision to Syracuse University where she will study Broadcast Communications.  Their son, Ryan, is a sophomore at Iona Prep.

Donna is Head of Diversity & Inclusion Multicultural Marketing for Johnson & Johnson.  She designs strategies to shape market changes and create transformational business and organizational shifts. Donna consults with J & J executives across Consumer, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices as they build global/regional expertise and strategies that maximize sales to the multicultural market.  She advises business and marketing leaders in the preparation of strategy proposals for developing innovative approaches to connect with multicultural, diverse patients and consumers.

Richard is the Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express where he oversees the company’s global giving programs under the Historic Preservation, Leadership Development and Community Service giving themes, which include the Partners in Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Monument Fund’s Watch, as well as the global American Express Leadership Academy.  Additionally, Richard was a key presenter of the first-ever White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership and played a leading role in the development of, and -- online leadership development portals for nonprofit leaders.

Donna and Richard have been ardent supporters of Ursuline since they first stepped on campus. Donna has introduced Ursuline to speakers with expertise in curriculum and learning styles as well as inclusivity. Donna's aunt, Dr. Barbara Dezmon, donated to Ursuline a program called Style to Content Learning Preferences Inventory to assist teachers in differentiating instruction for students.


Donna has been ever present at our Admissions events to warmly greet and speak with prospective parents and students. Richard has served on the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees for three years. Together, at the suggestion of their daughter Alex, the Browns endowed the Alexandria Brown ‘20 Scholarship to create opportunities for students of color.


We are deeply grateful to the Browns and proud to honor them at this event for not just identifying areas of need at Ursuline, but for taking steps to address them.

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