Carl Brown, Assistant Director, Howard University

Carl  Brown
State/Executive Director
District of Columbia
Small Business Development Center


Mr. Carl Brown has held executive and leadership positions in a variety of industries in the private and public sectors. He has been called a “Transformational leader” by Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr., publisher of Black Enterprise magazine.

Mr. Brown has over two and a half decades of experience; he currently is a Supervisory, Contracting Officer for the District of Columbia, and prior to that he was a small business counselor at the Howard University Small Business Development Center. Mr. Brown served five years as the Executive Director at the Center for Minority Business Development. His previous work history includes: Manager for Business Development, DBE Programs, Director of Civil Rights, and Acting Assistant General Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA); Senior Contracts Manager at Verizon Communications; Director of Human Resources at Pepsi-Cola of Washington; Senior Purchasing Agent, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; and as a Procurement Specialist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Carl has a reputation for being fair, honest and a policy guru. He has written legislation in support of strengthening minority business programs and contract compliance. He has provided volunteer leadership support to the City of Bowie Economic Development Committee; Boy Scouts Troop 1559; and the City of Bowie Education Committee. He is the former President of Northview Elementary School and a graduate of Leadership Montgomery in Montgomery County, MD. He has uniquely served as a Human Relations Commissioner in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, MD. When campaigning for a seat on the Bowie City Council the newspapers called him “Blunt Taking Brown, he will tell you the truth like it or not.”

Mr. Brown is a visionary who uses his gifts to help empower the minority business community. He recently received a certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University; has a certificate as a Contract Compliance Administrator, (CCA), from Morgan State University. He earned a MGA, from University of Maryland University College; and a B.A. from Howard University; a Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College; and a Certificate in Leadership Development from the University of Maryland Executive Leadership Institute. Mr. Brown is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for his work in the community and with minority owned businesses.

Married to Evelyn Brown, they have twins, a son and daughter who have been on the honor roll every year and both are involved in scouting.