Sarita E. Brown is President of Excelencia in Education, a not-for-profit organization accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than three decades at prominent educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at The University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. Coming to the nation’s capital to work for educational associations, Ms. Brown served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. She later applied her talents and experience to the not-for-profit sector and in 2004, co-founded Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC.
Her efforts have been recognized by many including, the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example”, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators education and the American Association of University Women. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from North Carolina State University, Carlos Albizu University and the University of Saint Joseph.
An advocate for educational equity, Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for Editorial Projects in Education, Catch the Next and Excelencia in Education.
2009 McGraw Prize Award Presentation to Sarita Brown
2009 McGraw Prize Award Acceptance