Head of Programs
Quincy Brown, Ph.D., is the Head of Programs at AnitaB.org. There she leads efforts to catalyze and sustain systemic change through investments in people and communities and by advocating or organizational change in the computing ecosystem. She was previously a Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There her portfolio included STEM Education, and the My Brother’s Keeper STEM+Entrepreneurship initiatives. She is a co-founder of blackcomputeHER.org, which supports a community and provides professional development opportunities to black women in computing and technology. She spent two years as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the CISE Directorate. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Drexel University.
Dr. Brown was also a Professor of CS at Bowie State University. Her research interests included Mobile HCI, CS Education, and Broadening Participation in Computing. In 2011 she founded Girls Who Will, a summer program for middle and high school girls. Through her research, she sought to identify methods of facilitating human interaction with advanced technologies to support learning. Her projects included exploring the ways in which young children use touch and gesture interactions with mobile devices, first responders’ use of mobile devices during emergency evacuations, and modeling inquiry behaviors on mobile devices.