CEO & President, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
Stephen L. Brown is the CEO and President of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. The Society is one of the world’s premier corporate governance organizations. The Society is dedicated to being a positive force for responsible corporate governance, providing news, research advocacy and "best practice" advice and providing professional development and education through seminars and conferences.
Prior to joining the Society in the spring of 2014, Mr. Brown managed the corporate governance team and led many of the corporate governance and social responsibility initiatives related to TIAA-CREF's over $550 billion investment portfolio. Mr. Brown also advised management and the boards of the TIAA-CREF group of companies on internal corporate governance matters. Prior to TIAA-CREF, Mr. Brown practiced securities law at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and was a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs.
The National Association of Corporate Directors has named Mr. Brown as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom. In 2009, Mr. Brown was named one of 10 Global Rising Stars of Corporate Governance by the Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.
Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor at Yale College and in the Skadden Legal Honors Program at the City College of New York. Mr. Brown’s pro bono practice has included advising several education related public entities and economic development organizations. His board service includes serving on boards of the Englewood, N.J. public schools, Queens Economic Development Corporation, Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, Minority In-House Counsel Association, the Public Interest Law Foundation at Columbia University Law School and the advisory boards of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at University of Delaware and Rutgers Law School Center for Corporate Law & Corporate Governance. Mr. Brown received his B.A. with honors from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Olin Law & Economics Junior Fellow.