Laura Brown

Community & Economic Development Educator with University of Connecticut


Laura Brown is an Associate Professor, Community & Economic Development Educator with University of Connecticut Extension and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Laura conducts applied research and educational programs that build community capacity and help community leaders make informed decisions. Her work focuses on asset-based community and economic development, place-making, and food systems and she is a co-founder of the Connecticut Trail Census. She has 18 years of professional community development experience in urban and rural communities around New England and the Midwest. Originally from Taunton, Massachusetts, Laura holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B.S. from Clark University.