Sharlene Brown Joins Croatan Institute as Senior Fellow

Croatan Institute is pleased to announce our newest Senior Fellow, Sharlene Brown.

A widely recognized leader in the global field of financial inclusion, Brown will be taking leadership of the Institute’s Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) initiative and developing new projects to build financial health among low-income immigrants and communities of color. While serving as a member of the Institute’s Board of Advisers, she was part of the original “Brain Trust” that co-founded REEFS, with the late Fern Jones, fellow advisory board member Henry McKoy, and the Institute’s president Josh Humphreys.

Brown comes to Croatan Institute with 20 years of experience in the social investing and microfinance sectors. She has worked with major industry players including Domini Social Investments, US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Grameen Foundation, and Oikocredit USA, managing strategic deployments of products, sales of institutional products, and research on the US social investing market. Prior to her appointment as a Senior Fellow at Croatan Institute, Brown was Executive Director of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.

“Having worked with Sharlene over the last decade on projects with US SIF, on our advisory board, and on REEFS and our inaugural Croatan Forum, I have seen first-hand her infectious enthusiasm for making finance serve the needs of some of the world’s most marginalized populations,” said Dr. Humphreys. “Sharlene’s experience in sustainable, responsible, and impact investment, her understanding of the importance of documenting the social impact of microfinance, and her personal experiences advising low-income families on financial literacy and wealth-building strategies all expand the scope of the Institute’s mission of harnessing the power of investment for social good and ecological resilience. We are delighted to welcome her to the Institute’s senior leadership.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Croatan Institute’s respected team of fellows focusing on projects that reveal issues and opportunities to strengthen efforts focused on financial inclusion while balancing environmental concerns,” said Brown.  “The Institute’s unwavering commitment to economic justice and environmental sustainability provides an ideal setting for this new phase of my work, integrating racial equity and social empowerment more firmly into finance and building financial health in low-income communities both domestically and abroad.”

For more background and information on Ms. Brown, including her contact details, please visit her bio.