Justin Brown serves as the Executive Director of The Education Partnership, formerly Storehouse for Teachers. The organization addresses educational inequities by providing and enabling access to the tools and resources necessary to support teachers and enhance a student’s ability to learn and succeed. Mr. Brown provides strategic direction, leadership and coordination to staff, volunteers, funders and stakeholders, including the Board of Directors. He also oversees the management and development of all aspects of the organization as it serves young people in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Previously, Justin was Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Community Storehouse, a distribution center that provided a wide range of consumer goods to over 200 community based nonprofits in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Under the umbrella of Serving Leaders (formerly the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation/PLF), the agency distributed over $40m worth of new products to low-income populations.
Computerm, a Pittsburgh based hi-tech company based in Pittsburgh, provided years of strong corporate experience in national account and large project management. Working in the enterprise-level (main frame) managing data transmission and disaster recovery solutions for major corporation’s mission-critical data was an exposure to the workings of large scale business.
An entrepreneur at his core, Mr. Brown transformed his early career as a composer, performing musician and piano teacher into a fully-staffed, professional recording and production company, AirCraft Studios and Brown/Lee Productions. In collaboration with KDKA-TV, the studio produced and released “Steel Mill Blues,” a single that brought exposure and $84,000 in financial aid to unemployed steel workers and their families. He continued this success in fundraising and advocacy efforts with “Bundle Them Up” for WTAE, a single released to benefit children that featured 63 local celebrities on the recording. Currently, volunteers and staff become Mr. Brown’s audience for spontaneous mini-concerts!
The same passion and entrepreneurial spirit that took him from the studio to the corporate field and later into social enterprise and nonprofit work also led him to take on the challenge of opening The Education Partnership, Pennsylvania’s first teacher resource center.
A native of Pittsburgh, Justin is married to Christyl, who also shares his love for music by adding her vocals to the mix. They have three grown children, Tricia, Hilary and David who also share their musical talent.