Valin Brown

Valin Brown

The San Diego-based Alliant Educational Foundation has named Valin Brown, formerly senior vice president and chief development officer for United Way of San Diego County, its new chief executive officer.

AEF is a nonprofit that partners with Alliant International University and other institutions of higher education to provide funding and resources toward student scholarships and faculty research grants.

Brown has been tasked with leading the organization’s outreach and formation of strategic partnerships with the goal of increasing the amount of funding and resources AEF provides. He will also be responsible for maintaining AEF’s relationship with Alliant International, building connections within the community, managing staff and financial operations and collaborating with AEF’s board of directors, the organization said in a statement.

Brown has more than 15 years of experience managing education-related nonprofits. In addition to the United Way of San Diego County, he also previously led the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and Colorado Bright Beginnings in Denver. Prior to that, Brown was regional manager for the Metro Denver Bright Beginnings/Mile High United Way and manager of community initiatives for United Way of Knoxville in Tennessee.

He has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University.