Anna Brown

Former Sr. Associate Director

Anna Brown joined The Rockefeller Foundation in January 2007 in the New York head office, and shifted to Asia in 2010. As a Senior Associate Director, Ms. Brown managed one of the Foundation’s flagship initiatives, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). She was also part of a team tasked with refining the Foundation’s global strategy, and served as deputy manager of the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Brown served as a researcher and coordinator for the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, a program devoted to improving the use of science in decision-making. At the Quaker United Nations Office, Ms. Brown led the organization’s engagement with the United Nation’s Commission on Sustainable Development and guided exploratory work on water and conflict. She also worked with UNESCO’s Water Sciences Division in Paris.

Ms. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University and her master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Authored Content

  • Aug 29 2016
    Blog Post The Promise Of Freshwater Resilience A version of this post originally appeared on Forbes. From flooding in Louisiana and Shaanxi, China to droughts in Brazil and southern Africa, just the past week has been full of headlines about water. Crisis seems the new normal, and whether too much or too little, a water crisis is occurring somewhere in the world […] Anna Brown, Frederick Boltz
  • Jul 27 2015
    Blog Post Weathering the Heat: Building Cities' Resilience to Intensified Heat Waves Over the past two months, heat waves have relentlessly scorched South Asia. First, a heat wave swept India in May and killed more than 2,000 people in less than a month. Then, another searing heat wave struck Pakistan the following month, claiming over 1,000 lives. Across the region, tens of thousands of people suffered heat-related […] Anna Brown, Anup Karanth, Vikas Desai
  • Jun 24 2015
    Blog Post A Smart City Must Learn to Be Resilient Too This post originally appeared on Business Today.  In its bid to transform the country’s urban landscape, the Indian government will launch the 100 Smart Cities program this month, aiming to bring about efficient and reliable infrastructure and services, enhanced quality of urban life, and economic opportunities for residents in selected cities. Information and communications technology solutions […] Anna Brown, Ashvin Dayal, Michael Berkowitz
  • Apr 22 2015
    Blog Post Revaluing Ecosystems: Earth Day and Beyond Today, on the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, over a billion people around the world are taking action to protect the planet. In China, a hiking group is cleaning up a part of the Great Wall. In Lagos, environmentalists plan to teach their fellow citizens about the importance of cutting carbon emissions. Here at The Rockefeller […] Anna Brown, C.D. Glin, Cristina Rumbaitis Del Rio, Frederick Boltz, Judith Rodin
  • Mar 16 2015
    Blog Post Cities Must Plan for Climate Disasters: 5 Considerations for Sendai   Key Takeaways: SHARE THIS The UN Disaster Risk Reduction Conference is meeting in Sendai, marking 20 years since the $100 billion Kobe earthquake. SHARE THIS With ~3/4 of a nation’s GDP coming from urban areas, resilient cities are critical to economic well-being. SHARE THIS 53% of Asia’s population now lives in cities, making urban […] Anna Brown, Jim Jarvie, Kimberly Junmookda