Chief Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer

Martin Brown

Martin Brown comes to the Governor's Office with a unique portfolio of public policy and managerial experience, in state government and private practice arenas. As Commissioner of the Department of Social Services, Martin focused on improving the delivery of benefits and services to Virginia families, with a focus on adoption successes and foster care related benefits to more than 1 million Virginians. He also served as Governor McDonnell's Special Advisor for Reintegration of State Offenders, implementing a statewide program to facilitate skills training and provide family and parenting relationship tools to reduce recidivism and provide supports to children of incarcerated parents. The program became a best-practice model expanded statewide by the Department of Corrections. A graduate of Howard University, Martin has previously served as a Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, as a Founding Board Member of the Gloucester Institute, and as an Advisory Task Force Member for the Richmond City Health Department. 

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