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Funmilayo Brown

Managing Director, Development



Funmilayo Brown serves as the Managing Director of Development. Upon earning her BA from Oberlin University in 1997, Funmilayo began her career in development at New York Presbyterian Hospital in the annual fund and then in major gifts. After five years in the role, Funmilayo pursued her MPA in Financial Management at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Wanting to deepen her financial acumen, Funmilayo transitioned to the private sector and joined JPMorgan as a VP, Financial Investment Advisor.

In 2011, Funmilayo joined Choices in Childbirth (CiC) as its Executive Director (ED), returning to her passion of serving women and children. As ED, she scaled the organization’s startup budget by 40%, established an individual giving program, and re-shaped programming, positioning the organization better to receive grants. Funmilayo also worked with the founder and board of directors to help the organization systematize its operations. In 2012, she transitioned to Carter Burden Center for the Aging (CBCA) as its Director of Development. Funmilayo developed and led a strategic fundraising plan that enabled CBCA to scale its budget from $4M to $7M in three years. Most recently, Funmilayo served as the Chief Advancement Officer at Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), where she led the organization’s external relations, development, partnerships, and expansion, enabling the organization to double its budget from $3.4M in 2015 to more than $7M in 2017. Funmilayo has a deep passion for Student Leadership Network’s mission and focus on gender equality, and firmly believes equalizing education is key to disrupting the cycle of poverty.