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David C. Brown

CEO of Home Matters® & Executive Director of the National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA)

David leads the Home Matters movement, which was launched in 2013 by a group of visionary housing professionals and leaders who identified a gap in public discourse. Fundamental social challenges in our nation – from health, education and public safety to the economy and individual success – all have a common denominator: their connection to “home.”

The mission of Home Matters is to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing and better communities across the nation. The movement has a coalition of more than 340 partner organizations – corporations, government agencies and nonprofits – working together on ambitious, but necessary, goals over the next decade to make the American dream a reality for all.

The National NeighborWorks Association represents the interests of over 200 NeighborWorks organizations, including groups that promote and develop housing and community development in urban, rural and suburban areas in every state in the nation, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining NNA and spearheading Home Matters, David was a public accountant with Arthur Andersen and a financial litigation consultant with Navigant Consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He also holds an executive education certificate from Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

David has been consulting and collaborating with the First Place Leadership Institute and its Center for Real Estate & Community Development.  He joined the First Place Advisory Board in 2017.