Carol Brown (arts administrator)

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Carol Brown was President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a $50 million private, nonprofit agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986 to 2000.

The Trust, established in 1984, promotes the cultural and economic growth of downtown Pittsburgh through the development of a fourteen-block arts and entertainment center in downtown Pittsburgh—the Cultural District.

Brown's leadership of urban redevelopment in the district has been widely praised. Brendan Lemon of The New York Times wrote, “To describe Pittsburgh’s unconventional, un-Disneyfied remodeling of its Cultural District… is to explore how theater can help transform urban identity”.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio and earned her B.A. from Marquette University and her M.A. from the University of Chicago. From 1959 to 1967 she was an English professor at Chatham College in Pittsburgh. After her husband died, Clifford Brown, an economist who helped establish Federated Investors, she started working beyond academia. Immediately prior to the Trust, she headed the Allegheny County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

Brown has also served on the board of directors of Mellon Financial, Heinz Endowments, Duquesne University, Chatham College, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. She was a past Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Brown retired in December 2000. She was succeeded by J. Kevin McMahon.

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