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Lauren Brown - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Lauren Brown Lauren Brown

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Lauren Brown teaches courses in the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department.


LAUREN BROWN teaches courses in the Department of Social Change and Innovation. She strives to create a collaborative learning environment that supports and stimulates critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, capacity building, and synthesis of social work principles and values.

Brown’s work and research focus on social justice issues. She has policy, planning, evaluation and management experience in the public sector. As principal of Brown & Associates, Inc., she provides assistance to public and private, nonprofit human service and social justice organizations in policy analysis and formation; program evaluation; proposal writing; program and strategic planning; multicultural program development; advocacy; community organization and outreach; board development; resource development; training; facilitation; and campaign development.

In academia, Brown has administered graduate-level programs, created curricula and policies and procedures, as well as managed staff and adjunct faculty. She has helped establish the standards for mastery of core subjects and students’ learning objectives, as well as determine the selection and sequence of learning experiences and design of assessment and evaluation tools.

She has consulted on projects to improve the social welfare of the disabled, single teenage mothers, foster care and inner-city youth, and children zero to five years old. She has also worked on projects to reduce the occurrence of racial, gender and age employment discrimination. In addition, Brown has participated in place-based initiatives to increase the capacity of community residents to raise healthy children ready to enter kindergarten and assisted in the development of strategies to increase the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the labor force and in politics.

Brown has been selected to participate in several leadership programs sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty Hill Foundation and was invited to interview at the Obama White House for a political appointment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a member of numerous organizations, including the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the National Association of Black Social Workers.

Education (3)

Brandeis University: Ph.D. 2008

University of Chicago: M.P.P. 1994

University of California, Los Angeles: B.A. 1991

Areas of Expertise (18)

Social Services

Community & Government Relations

Policy Development

Research and Evaluation

Coaching & Leadership

Strategic Planning

Multicultural Program Development

Program Evaluation




Proposal Writing

Grant Writing

Coaching & Mentoring Across Cultures

Diversity & Inclusion

Policy Analysis

Policy Advocacy

Public Health and Health Services

Industry Expertise (8)


Health and Wellness

Government Relations

Public Policy



Social Services

Corporate Training

Accomplishments (4)

Liberty Hill Foundation Commissions Training Program (professional)

Liberty Hill Foundation (2013)

Ford Foundation Workshop on the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality (professional)

Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods (1998)

Fellowship (professional)

Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (1996)

Fellowship (professional)

The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Chicago (1992)


Conferences and Events (1)

The Emerging Job Market on the Internet

International Human Resource Management Conference  Limerick, Ireland


Presentation Style


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training

Research Articles & Publications (2)

Job seekers on the internet: An empirical analysis The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

Brown, Lauren E.

2008 Dissertation

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No Foot in the Door: An Experimental Study of Employment Discrimination Against Older Workers Journal of Aging & Social Policy

Marc Bendick Jr PhD, Lauren E. Brown MPP & Kennington Wall

2008 Pairs of testers, one aged 57 and one aged 32, applied for 102 entry-level sales or management jobs in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Although their credentials described them as equally qualified, the older applicants received less favorable responses from employers 41.2% of the time. Three quarters of these differences occurred before older applicants could fully present their qualifications. The negative employer assumptions about older workers implied by these differences in outcome were seldom explicitly stated.

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