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Herb Brown is well-versed in change and growth. Involved with GCF for 35 years, he remembers when it had only three paid employees.

Herb BrownHerb Brown is well-versed in change and growth. Involved with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for 35 years, he remembers when it had only three paid employees. He also recalls the changes in the community since the civil unrest of 2001 and the response of the Foundation.

“GCF played a great role,” he said. “It reached out and said, ‘no one has contacted us and we want to be involved.’” This involvement led to GCF’s support of Cincinnati CAN (Community Action Now) with operating assistance and office space. CAN, succeeded by the funding collaborative Better Together Cincinnati, led to a variety of efforts to level the playing field in education, economic opportunity, and criminal justice. one of these is the Cincinnati Police Partnering Center (CPPC).

“CPPC works closely with community and police to bridge the communications gap and develops relationships in minority communities,” explained Herb, CPPC’s President. “There has been major improvement but we’re not finished yet.”

His dedication to racial equity and the community is why the Foundation honored Herb with its Jacob E. Davis volunteer Leadership Award in 2008. Being Herb, he gives GCF a nod for its continuing work in this area.

“GCF encourages community organizations to serve diverse populations,” he said. “I love it. It’s a real jewel for Cincinnati and the region.”

Photo: Herb Brown is pictured at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, home to the Cincinnati Police Partnering Center. He has served GCF as Governing Board Chair, interim Executive Director and as a member of numerous committees.

This story appeared in GCF's 2012 Annual Report.



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