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Who is Dr. Luvelle Brown

Father, Educator, Leader, Author

Dr. Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who has held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools.

Currently, Dr. Brown serves as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, N.Y.. During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced unprecedented levels of success.

Dr. Brown is the 2017 New York Superintendent of the Year. In 2022, Dr. Brown received the prestigious Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award.

More about Dr. Brown

Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch” and “Difference Maker.” He received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award.

Dr. Brown was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 Innovative Superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s 1st National Superintendent Summit at the White House.

Dr. Brown has also served on the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Executive Committee, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.

Dr. Brown serves as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Cortland and St. John Fisher College in New York. Dr. Brown actively serves his community. In spring 2019, he was recognized as the Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen. Dr. Brown’s community service includes his work as a term trustee at Ithaca College, Tompkins County Area Development Board member, and proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was also the co-founder of the nationally recognized 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.

Dr. Brown is a highly regarded speaker and workshop facilitator addressing a range of topics for local, regional, and national audiences. Recently Dr. Brown facilitated Discovery Education’s Equity Talks, a live webinar series that has attracted thousands of global educators seeking to cultivate equity and excellence. He also served as a Commissioner and co-producer of a groundbreaking report from the Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education. He has published numerous articles, the author of Culture of Love: Cultivating a Transformative and Positive Organizational Culture and the co-author of ThinkTweets: 100 Transformative Tweets for Educators.

Career highlights

2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year

2022 AASA Effie A. Jones Humanitarian Award

TrustED Top 20 Education Thought Leaders

National School Boards Association’s “Difference Maker”

Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award

National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” Educators

eSchool News National “Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award”

What he’ll do for NABSE

Create a culture of financial stability and success

Make NABSE a national leader in professional development

Support educators in serving the needs of black students

Increase corporate and pre-k-12 and higher-ed membership

What other educators are saying about Dr. Brown’s leadership

Mark BedellSuperintendent , Anne Arundel County Public Schools

I’m looking forward to supporting Luvelle Brown as AACPS has a strong presence with NABSE.

Rashard WrightChief of Staff, Newport News Public Schools

Dr. Brown is an excellent leader. His passion for the work we must do is unmatched.

Anthony LewisSuperintendent , Lawrence Public Schools

He will be a value-add to NABSE!

Dr. John B. Gordon IIIDivision Superintendent, Suffolk (VA)

Dr. Luvelle Brown is an innovative, instructional leader that is respected by the entire nation. The professional network that he has built aligns with the vision of NABSE as we look to provide equity, equality, and leadership amongst the next generation. I fully support him in his quest to become NABSE president.

Thomas Ferrell, Jr.Director of High School Education, Henrico County Public Schools

Dr. Brown is a dynamic leader, who is worthy of this esteemed honor.

Justin JenningsSuperintendent , Youngstown City Schools

My full endorsement to a great educator and advocate for children.

Mychael DickersonChief of Staff, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dr. Luvelle Brown is one of the most innovative and dynamic leaders I know. I have had the pleasure of watching him at every level of leadership from the Principalship to Superintendency. You will not find a more engaging, empathetic, committed and child centered leader. He will push NABSE to new heights. The time is right. The time is now.

Melvin BrownSuperintendent , Montgomery Public Schools

Fully endorse Luvelle Brown

Max BrooksManaging Director, Open Up Resources

I fully endorse Dr. Brown for NABSE President Elect!

Roberto PadillaSuperintendent , New York City

Luvelle will make a great president!


I endorse.

Joe DavisSuperintendent, Ferguson-Florissant School District

Dr Luvell Brown for President! A leader we can trust and follow!! Join us!

Shaun NelmsSuperintendent , Rochester City School District

I fully endorse.

Aaron SpenceSuperintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Absolutely the best choice to lead. Endorse with the strongest enthusiasm.

Dr. George ParkerRetired Superintendent

As a member of the newly formed Virginia affiliate of NABSE I support Luvelle Brown for NABSE president.

Gregory HutchingsFounder/CEO, Revolutionary ED, LLC

Dr. Luvelle Brown will be our next NABSE president-elect!

Angela ChapmanInterim Superintendent, Columbus City Schools

Best wishes to you !! You have my vote.

Corey GrubbsInterim Chief of Transformation and Leadership, Columbus City Schools

You got my vote!!!!

Rica GrubbsManager, Training & Strategic Initiatives, Columbus City Schools

You got my vote

Niquelle CottonCEO, AASA

I've known Dr. Brown as a leader, an outstanding father and friend. He's dealt with amazing challenges and made way for brilliant, courageous conversations. He's your guy!

Michael GaryChief Information Officer, Concentric Education Solutions

We are pulling for you. Your experience is vital to the success of the organization.

Renee WillisSuperintendent, Richmond Heights Local Schools

Luvelle has served the K-12 community with an untiring commitment.

Penelope Martin-KnoxSuperintendent , Raytown Quality Schools

This response is in support of Luvelle Brown.

Coni RechnerSenior Vice President, Discovery Education

Dr. Browns work nationally and locally to impact the success of all students is truly inspiring. He is a talented leader that will best serve the needs of NABSE members and advance our important work in these critical times.

Jermall WrightSuperintendent, Little Rock School District

I endorse.

Victoria GreerSuperintendent, Cambridge Public Schools

I endorse.

Stacy HerbertAssistant Principal

Supporting Dr. Brown!

Uton RobinsonExecutive Superintendent

I’m happy LTO support such an accomplished Educator

Lorenzo HughesSenior Manager for School Support & Equitable Practices

Consistently, you seek ways to "lift as you climb!" As you have ascended in your career, you are intentional about sharing your expertise with others in an effort to create more leaders.

Joseph DavisSuperintendent

You have my full endorsement

Dr. Rogers OnickRetired Principal

Dr. Brown's past and current experiences demonstrate his outstanding ability to lead NABSE.

Omar EasySuperintendent

I am writing to endorse Dr. Luvelle Brown as NABSE's next President.

Laura GrayExecutive Director of Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness

I endorse Dr. Brown for President elect of NABSE.

Gloria J. DavisEducational Consultant/Executive Coach

Wishing you success!

Eldred EllisHead, Strategic Partnerships

Let me know how I can help

Eric GallienSuperintendent

You have my support

Ralph CoatesInterim Director, Federal TRIO Programs

I fully endorse Dr. Brown for NABSE President Elect!

Verletta WhiteSuperintendent , Roanoke City Public Schools

I endorse Dr. Brown.

Amielia MitchellExecutive Principal

He has a proven track record of success! He will do great things for NABSE.

Monique Darrisaw-akilSuperintendent

Dr. Brown is a thoughtful and insightful leader. He is a leader among leaders and he is bold and unapologetic when is comes to leading for equity. I believe that Dr. Brown will take our organization to new heights and move us towards being a premier educational organization nationwide.

Derrick BrownCenter for Civic Education, State Coordinator for Oklahoma

As a proud member of the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE), I am excited to endorse Dr. Luvelle Brown for the position of NABSE President. Dr. Luvelle Brown has a proven track record of leadership in education, with over 20 years of experience in teaching, administration, and advocacy.

Regina ArmstrongSuperintendent of Schools

This is an endorsement for Dr. Luvelle Brown for President of NABSE.

Tashawna MillerDirector


Thomas TuckerDeputy Commissioner of Education

I fully endorse Dr. Luvelle Brown.
2013 NABSE National Superintendent of the Year
2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year

L. Oliver RobinsonSuperintendent

I strongly endorse Dr. Brown's candidacy.

Dr. Shaun NelmsSuperintendent

We need a leader who is accessible, a visionary, a connector, and who leads by example. Luvelle has consistently demonstrated those qualities as a leader, father, mentor, and friend.

Dana BeddenSuperintendent

Dr. Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who has served in a variety of positions in K-12 education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Superintendent of Schools.

Tracy ReedSuperintendent

K-12 educator

Dr. A.Katrise PereraSuperintendent

Beyond a doubt, Dr. Luvelle Brown is the most qualified candidate to lead NABSE as its next president. On a national level he has been a strong advocate for equity, growing capacity in others, exhibited effective leadership in every leadership, and most importantly — ensuring all students have access and opportunities for high quality STEM instruction.

Ronardo ReevesPartnership Manager

I've followed Dr. Browns work and fully support his election.

Heidi O’GilvieExecutive Director of Professional Growth and Development

I endorse.

Darla PayneDirector of Curriculum and Instruction

I submit my endorsement for Dr. Brown

Avis WilliamsSuperintendent

Dr. Luvelle Brown is a champion for equity and one of the most passionate educators I know. He can take NABSE to the next level as a premiere resource for Black educators.

Christina KishimotoCEO

Dr. Brown has been an equity champion, and a partner with other thought leaders who want to do the bold work of equity and inclusion.

Jermall WrightSuperintendent

If I could vote 50 times, I’d do it! Lol

Lindsey BrownAssistant Principal, School #17

Dr. Brown is a tireless champion for equity with deep experience working in urban, suburban, and rural districts. He understands organizational change on both the macro and micro levels and powerfully unites people behind a vision justice informed by building communities of love.

Anesia HayesMilwaukee Public Schools

I endorse Dr. Brown

Rahesha AmonNYC Department of Education, Senior Executive Director

Excited to support the candidacy of Dr. Brown.

Shantee WilliamsMilwaukee Public Schools, Principal

This is a nice change and to increase our presence and membership.

Rahesha AmonNYC Department of Education, Senior Executive Director

Excited to support the candidacy of Dr. Brown.

Dr. Tahira DuPree ChaseSuperintendent of Schools

Luvelle Brown's bold and intentional advocacy for equity in education is needed for such a time as this. Moreover, he is an unwavering supporter of building and sustaining a pipeline for education leaders of color. For those reasons, I support Luvelle Brown's candidacy to take NABSE to its next level.

larry GainesPara Professional

I vote yes looking forward to your leadership

Monica GoldsonChief Executive Officer

I fully support Dr. Brown as the next NABSE President

Eric GallienSuperintendent

I fully endorse Dr. Brown

Dr. Alexandria ConnallyDirector of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation

Dr. Brown is an amazing leader that will take up into NABSE Next 50!

Jeannie LettPrincipal

Ready to support you.

Bren ElliottChief, School Improvement & Supports

Dr. Luvelle Brown is a true equity warrior, a strategic thinker and innovative leader. He has the skills, knowledge and capacity to take NABSE to the next level.

Deborah Keys WriteFounder/National Board Governance & Equity Consultant

I support you.

Melvin BrownSuperintendent

I fully endorse and support Dr. Brown as NABSE President-Elect!

Chris McMillanAssistant Principal

I endorse Dr. Brown

Ty Weeks, Ph.D.Superintendent

I fully endorse Dr. Brown for his service through the field of education and for his commitment to NABSE. Best wishes.

Deborah WorthamSuperintendent

I support Dr. Luvelle Brown

DaRon WilsonExecutive Director of School Engagement

I endorse Dr. Brown and his dedication to NABSE

Keith SuttonSuperintendent

I fully endorse Dr. Luvelle Brown!

Raquel OriolAssistant Principal

Thank you for your message.

Sheila MashackConsultant/Therapist

Thank You

Barbara FreemanSenior Advisor

Congratulations to you

Krystine MelicioSchool Counselor


Adrianne Jordan2nd grade Inclusion teacher

Best of luck

Dr. John B. Gordon IIIDivision Superintendent

I have known Dr. Luvelle Brown for 30 years and he is the true definition of an innovative leader and would be an excellent choice for NABSE president!!!

Barbara FreemanSenior Advisor

I endorse this candidacy

Eldred EllisDirector, Strategic Support


Jeanette VickSped


VINCENT FRENCHCoordinator of Equity and Inclusivity

I'm voting Dr. Luvelle Brown

Kristy CagePrincipal

Dr. Brown for President!

Anthony BradburnDirector for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I look forward to seeing NABSE's continued success under your dedicated and visionary leadership.

Alvin GarrisonSuperintendent

An outstanding leader who promotes equity in education for all students.

Zenobia WardLead Teacher


Hassan RobinsonPrincipal

Dr. Brown reminds me of myself as we seem to have similar visions.

Reginald LawrenceSuperintendent

Dr. Brown has been an active participant and advocate of NABSE. His leadership will be current, meaningful, and energetic, much needed in our organization.

LaKisha DaviesDirector of Special Education

Thank you

LaRhonda FrostFounder

I support Dr. Brown.

Arshay BaconParaEducator

You got this!

James ColbertSuperintendent

Duane EdwardsPrincipal

I endorse L. Brown

Deborah Keys WriteFounder/National Board Governance & Equity Consultant

I am in full support of Dr. Brown being NABSE's next President!

Phyllis PajardoRetired Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Brown is an innovative & strategic thinker.

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