Bianca Brown has been named chief program officer at Education Foundation of Sarasota County, announced Jennifer Vigne, foundation president.
As CPO, Brown will oversee all existing direct student and teacher services. A key member of the organization’s senior leadership team, she also will work collaboratively and strategically to develop emerging programs, and to plan, design, and implement timely and relevant new direct services programs supporting the Education Foundation’s vision to unite its community to prepare each and every student for life.
“The Education Foundation has a unique opportunity to provide extra support and access to Sarasota County students, teachers, and families, especially those underserved,” Vigne said. “With her extensive experience in education and a strong commitment to developing college and career readiness throughout the curriculum, Dr. Brown will help us to expand and deepen our student success and teacher support services.”
A Florida native, Brown most recently worked in Orange County, Fla., public schools. During her career, she has worked in Florida and Louisiana schools in every aspect of her new position including as Title I teacher, instructional specialist, school counselor, assistant principal, and school principal.
Brown has coached students and teachers; built community and stakeholder partnerships that included a focus on career readiness for workforce solutions; implemented schoolwide mentoring programs; provided professional development and training; and contributed to Louisiana State University’s textbook for college and career readiness.
Brown has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida A&M University, a master’s in school counseling from Webster University, and a doctorate in educational leadership for teaching and learning from Walden University.
She served on the Blue-Ribbon Education Commission on Education in Louisiana and received a school leadership woman of excellence award in Florida. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a service organization, Brown is deeply involved in the sorority’s youth education and training programs.
Of her new position, Brown said, “I view education as a capstone for success, and I believe that all students can learn if challenged to their utmost potential and are not constrained by educational practices and norms that historically have limited access to opportunities for advancement. The Education Foundation’s values and mission align with mine, and I am excited to join the team.”