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Christine James-Brown

Christine James-Brown
President and CEO
Child Welfare League of America

Christine James-Brown became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in April 2007, assuming the leadership of the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization.

Ms. James-Brown comes to CWLA from United Way International (UWI), where she served since 2004 as the organization's fifth President and CEO. As President and CEO, Ms. James-Brown was responsible for the efforts of the worldwide network of United Way nonprofit member organizations spanning six continents and five regions and serving communities in 45 countries and territories.

Before her leadership role at UWI, for 10 years she served as President and CEO at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (UWSEPA) in Philadelphia. During her decade of leadership at UWSEPA, Ms. James-Brown guided Philadelphia's largest private nonprofit organization for health and human services. She directed a staff of 130 that managed an annual fundraising effort raising more than $50,000,000, and distributed funds to over 2,500 community-based agencies. In addition, she has served as chair of United Way of America's National Professional Council.

Throughout her career, Ms. James-Brown has worked tirelessly to help nonprofit health and human service organizations grow and expand their ability to serve children and families through foundation and corporate philanthropy.

Ms. James-Brown brings valuable skills and leadership qualities to CWLA that will ultimately maximize the impact of this powerful network and further strengthen its capacity to anticipate and respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families.

She has served as a member of the boards of the School District of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Bank, Public/Private Ventures, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission.

A native Philadelphian, Ms. James-Brown holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. In 1996, Drexel University awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Work History

2004 President and CEO of United Way International
1994 United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania President and Chief Executive Officer
1988 Director Fund Distribution and Community Problem-Solving
1985 Director Allocations and Agency Relations
1982 Deputy Director Administration
1979 Planning Consultant Agency Operations
1977 New York City Foundation for Senior Citizens


Brown University - Graduate Studies
1974 Rutgers University - B.A. Cultural Anthropology

Honorary Degree

1996 Drexel University - Doctor of Human Letters

Boards & Memberships

Board Vice Chair - Community College of Philadelphia 
Board - Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Board - Samuel S. Fels Fund
Board - Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Board - Delaware Valley Grantmakers
Board - Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
Board - Forum of Executive Women

Advisory Boards
United Way of America National Professional Council
American Red Cross - Southeastern Pennsylvania
Urban League of Philadelphia
Co-chair - International Eisenhower Fellowships Nominating Committee
Co-chair - Philadelphia's Promise Co-chair - Census 2000

Distinguished Honors

2003 Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction Award
2001 Arthritis Foundation - Outstanding Leader Award 
Motrin - Unity Foundation Outstanding Leader Award
2000 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Named "Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania"
1999 National Council of Negro Women Mary McLeod Bethune Award 
B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award
Operation Understanding Distinguished Community Leadership Award
1998 YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity American Association of University Achievement Award
Center of Autistic Children Small Miracles Award
American Society for Public Excellence in Public Service

Award Administration

1997 Philadelphia Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award
Public Relations Society Leadership Award
1995 National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award
United Negro College Fund Hobart C. Johnson Award
1994 Associated Services for the Blind Leadership Award


2002 White House Presidential Panel Moderator - Hosted - President George W. Bush Philadelphia Tribune - Most Influential African Americans (2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998)
2001 U.S. Olympic Committee Torch Bearer
2000 Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine Cover Story
1999 Philadelphia Magazine - Power 100 in Philadelphia
1998 Philadelphia News Observer Cover Story
2002 In 2002, Chris James Brown traveled to Kenya for 14 days as a Red Cross volunteer. The group traveled throughout the country with the goal of inoculating several million children against measles, and was, in fact, successful.

Contact: Joyce Johnson, 804/492-4519.

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