Sarita E. Brown

Sarita E. Brown, President, Excelencia in Education

Sarita E. Brown


Sarita E. Brown is the co-founder and President of Excelencia in Education, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. Over three decades she has worked 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 students of color. 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 was appointed 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. Taking her skills and experience to the not-for-profit sector she launched the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute and in 2004, co-founded Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC.

A tireless advocate for educational equity, she currently serves on the Advisory Council Center for First-Generation Student Success, the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Committee on Addressing Women of Color in Tech and the Advisory Board for the Center for Education Consumer Value for the Strada Education Network.

Her efforts have been recognized by many including with the Medal of Service from Teachers College, Columbia University, the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example”, the Harry S. Truman Award from the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American Association of University Women. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Carlos Albizu University, California State University, Channel Islands, North Carolina State University, and the University of Saint Joseph.