San Diego Food System Alliance
San Diego, California
Elly Brown is the Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Elly discovered her passion for the social sector during her frequent business trips to China and southeast Asia while working as a consultant at Deloitte in Japan. During her MBA, Elly conducted market research for the launch of a healthcare social enterprise for BRAC Uganda and evaluated a “second chance” education program for primary school dropouts in post-conflict Northern Uganda. She continued her work on social impact by joining Root Cause, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting firm, in 2010. She advised nonprofits and foundations on building organizational capacity and maximizing community impact through collaborations.
Elly received a Bachelors in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Duke University. Elly was a staff blogger for Nextbillion, covering topics on sustainable development and social innovation. She was a judge at Harvard’s Pitch for Change social enterprise competition, serving as a mentor for the winning teams. She has experiences as a strategic consultant for social impact organizations in US, Japan, India, Uganda, and Bermuda. Elly now lives in San Diego with her husband and one child.