The Obama Foundation has named Glenn Brown will Chief Digital Officer. He began work at the Foundation as a consultant in June 2016 and oversaw the launch of Obama.org in January.
Brown is a Venture Fellow at Betaworks, a start-up studio and investment firm in New York, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Texas Tribune, a digital-first, non-profit, non-partisan news service in Austin, Texas. In 2016, he was Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks.
Prior experience also includes working at Twitter from 2011 – 2015, where he co-founded Twitter Amplify, a premium video program featuring hundreds of partnerships with major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, UEFA, EPL, etc.), broadcasters, and live events around the world.
“It is an honor to join the Obama Foundation. President Obama has challenged us to develop digital media and tools to help the connect the Foundation’s hub on the South Side of Chicago to people around the world. We look forward to partnering with media makers and technology developers large and small, and everyday citizens from all walks of life, toward this end,” said Glenn Brown, Chief Digital Officer of the Obama Foundation, in a statement.
As Chief Digital Officer, he will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s digital engagement efforts, including content strategy and production across the Foundation’s platforms, as well as media and technology partnerships.
While the Obama Presidential Center will be based on the South Side of Chicago, it will, via partnerships, programs, and digital initiatives, have projects all over Chicago, the country, and the world.
David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, added, “We are thrilled to have Glenn on our team leading our digital engagement efforts. Glenn has an extensive background developing and executing innovative digital efforts for diverse projects and initiatives. The Obama Foundation – with Glenn’s leadership and expertise – is excited to continue to find new ways to engage people around the world online and inspire them to make change in their own communities.”
Image: Glenn Otis Brown – YouTube/Creative Commons