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Shonna Brown

Brown came to the America East office in 2010 as Associate Commissioner and served as the Interim Commissioner in 2011. In her current role as Executive Associate Commissioner, Brown oversees the conference budget and all internal operations, which have become more organized and efficient under her leadership. Notably, she oversaw the conference’s office relocation efforts this past year resulting in the more functional work space for conference office staff.

Brown ensures the conference’s business practices are efficient and effective and has a key role in working with the Athletic Directors’ Council and Board of Presidents. Brown is also the primary conference contact for women's basketball operations, including regular season, postseason and is a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. She oversees the direction of the Conference sport programs, financial management, human resources and strategic planning. Brown also serves as a liaison to the Administration Group, Senior Woman Administrators’ Committee and Board of Directors.

With over 15 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Brown previously held the position of Assistant Director of Championships at the NCAA. Prior to joining the NCAA, Brown worked for Southern Mississippi in the compliance and football operations departments. While in graduate school, she also worked in marketing partnerships for the Miami Dolphins and served as the coordinator of volunteers for the Volvo Ocean Race-Round the World.

Brown went on to work for the Patriot League and the Mid-American Conference where she began as the Director of Compliance and was quickly promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Sport Operations and SWA. At the Mid-American Conference Brown assisted with the internal operations of 21 conference sports. Brown served as the Tournament Director for the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Cleveland Regional and 2007 NCAA Women's Final Four. She has worked with the International Children's Games, U.S. Olympic Diving Trials and served on the planning board for the biennial Women in Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium (WLS).

Brown also has a background in higher education.She was an adjunct professor at Myers University for Sports Marketing & Promotions and Introduction to Sport Management classes.  Brown served on the Myers University, McDonald School of Business Advisory Council-Sport Management and the Eastern Michigan University, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance Advisory Council.

Brown's organizational membership include being a graduate of the 1A Athletic Director’s Institute, NACWAA Executive Institute and the NCAA Ethnic Minority Female Leadership Institute; and a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, Inc. (MOAA) and Women in Sports and Events (WISE).

Originally from Hattiesburg, Miss., Brown attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Administration, with an emphasis in Business Administration. She also earned her Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from St. Thomas University (Fla.). 

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