Nelson Mandela Foundation

Alice L. Brown

Alice Lynn Brown
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Alice L. Brown, the head of Sojourner, Tubman, Wells & Co. Consulting, is an attorney with extensive experience in social justice philanthropy and civil rights litigation and advocacy. Early in her career as a litigator and advocate at the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, her work and publications addressed the legal aspects of housing conditions and environmental degradation in African American communities. Later she served in leadership positions in the Ford Foundation, as a programme officer, Deputy Representative and then as the Foundation’s Representative for the Office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. A graduate of New York University School of Law (JD) and Dartmouth College (BA), she has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to acting as a trustee of the NMF, Ms Brown serves as the Chair of the board of Section27, a prominent public interest law centre, and is an independent expert and member of the Constitutionalism Fund Committee, a South African philanthropic fund that supports social justice organisations and their sustainability.