Cordell Brown

Director, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Cordell joined RPA in February 2017. He leads a team of professionals in the Sponsored Projects and Funds practice, and assumes overall operating responsibility for a wide range of RPA’s sponsored projects. He ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, internal systems, policies and procedures. He is a resource and strategic advisor to projects and donors on a variety of organization and management issues.

Cordell comes to RPA with a strong quantitative and qualitative background in strategic planning, sophisticated metric and trend analysis, and program/project management. He brings over seven years of experience in nonprofit leadership, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Strategic Planning Officer of CapraCare, an organization dedicated to providing health services and community development in Haiti. Previously, an Assistant Vice President at MetLife, Cordell held a broad range of diverse roles. As a senior leader in Strategic Planning, he was responsible for driving and implementing strategic planning policies and processes, monitoring performance against plan, and supporting significant initiatives that drive results. Prior to that, he was a Leadership & Management Development Director, where he helped transform the MetLife culture from a mutual company to a high-performance public company, coaching over 1600 senior and executive leaders. His other prior responsibilities included IT Strategy & Planning Director, Strategic Human Resources Director, and IT Project Manager.

Cordell serves on the boards of CapraCare, Inc. and Diving For Life, Inc. He is a Fordham University graduate, who received a double-major B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, then a double-major MBA in Management, and Information & Communications Systems, graduating summa cum laude and first in his class. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. Cordell is a native New Yorker who enjoys travel, downhill skiing, and SCUBA diving around the world.

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