Catherine Brown lives and works in central Michigan and serves as the senior advisor for the state of Michigan at TICAS, helping to advance affordability, equity and accountability in Michigan’s public colleges. Previous to joining TICAS, Brown served as the vice president of education policy at the Center for American Progress, vice president for policy at Teach for America and as a senior consultant for Leadership for Educational Equity. Earlier in her career, Brown was a senior education policy adviser for the House Committee on Education and Labor, where she advised Chairman George Miller (D-CA). In 2008, Brown served as the domestic policy adviser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Brown was also the director of Teach for America’s Early Childhood Initiative, legislative assistant for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and a research assistant at Mathematica Policy Research. Brown received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and holds a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.