Michael Brown

Civic Architect, Civic Commons


Michael Brown   

Michael leads SeaFdn’s Civic Commons, providing vision and leadership to a collaborative effort to design a new regional civic infrastructure to unite more community voices in decision-making. This undertaking builds on the Foundation’s longstanding work to advance racial and economic equity by increasing the voice and power of communities. It aims to craft collective solutions that will make our region a stronger, more vibrant home for all.

Michael Brown

Personal Philanthropic Interests
and Passions

Affordable housing

Economic Equity

Racial equity

Policy and advocacy

For 17 years, Michael has brought leadership, perspective and passion to approaches that improve health and well-being outcomes for communities in the greater Seattle region. His time as a legislative aide at Seattle City Council and in community development are pillars of his deep commitment to working with communities for equitable outcomes.

A seasoned grantmaker, Michael was recognized with the 2018 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, presented by Grantmakers In Health. Prior to joining SeaFdn, Michael served as a legislative aide to City of Seattle Councilmember Richard McIver and Deputy Director for the Washington Association for Community Economic Development. He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University (New Orleans). Michael is president of the Building Changes Board of Directors, chair of the Neighborhood Funders Group Board of Directors, a commissioner at the King County Housing Authority, and a board member of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.

Michael has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2001.