Founder/CEO with Equitable Cities
New York, New York
Charles T. Brown is the founder and CEO of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy, and research firm focused on the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He is also a senior advisor to the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Charles also has a podcast called Arrested Mobility.
Mr. Brown previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University. He was also a 2020 Fellow within the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Partnership with The OpEd Project.
With more than 15 years of public and private sector, military, and academic experience, he has gained international attention for helping to create safe, healthy and livable communities. His recent and notable contributions through research and practice include understanding the barriers to biking and walking for women and minorities, analyzing the impact of crime on walking frequency and propensity, centering and prioritizing equity in transportation planning and decision-making, analyzing barriers to accessing parks and open spaces, and serving as an instructor for Smart Growth America (SGA), National Transit Institute (NTI), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and CDC’s Walkability Action Institute.
He has delivered over a dozen keynote addresses and workshops on the importance of health in all policies, health equity, and transportation equity to local, national and international audiences. He serves as a member of the Global Safety Advisory Board at Lime (micromobility), member of the Board of Directors with America Walks, and member of the Franklin Township Planning Board (NJ). He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Pedestrian Safety Committee, Bicycle Transportation Committee, and the Region II Healthy Equity Council. His work has been published in several international journals as well as featured by or quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, the Guardian, and various other national outlets. He is a military veteran and a recipient of the Mississippi Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.