Chief Development & Communications Officer
Mr. Kirk Brown is Chief Development & Communications Officer for the Ron Clark Academy where he leads the fundraising, partnerships, and communications strategy. Over the past 12 years of his fundraising career, Kirk has successfully raised more than $70 million dollars to support individuals, including RCA’s most recent gift of $5 million from Oprah Winfrey—the single largest gift the Academy had ever received.
Kirk is very involved in the Atlanta community, serving as an Executive Board member for the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project and a Plywood Advisor for Plywood People. In December 2010, he cofounded the Emerging 100 of Atlanta which now has inducted more than 100 young professional men in Atlanta, spawned chapters in several U.S. cities, and has awarded nearly $245,000 in scholarships to metro Atlanta seniors and college students.
Kirk’s a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a 15-year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where serves on the Board of Directors for the historic Eta Lambda chapter in Atlanta. In March 2015, he graduated from Leadership Atlanta’s young professional leadership development program, LEAD Atlanta, and is a founding member of the LEAD Atlanta Alumni Association.
Kirk has been recognized as a “Leader in Academia” for Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Who’s Who 30 Under 30 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, APEX Society’s Power 30 Under 30, and by his alma mater Georgia State University as an inaugural 40 Under 40 honoree. And in 2020, the Hyatt Regency honored Kirk with the 2020 Herald Award for community service. He lives in East Atlanta with his wife and daughter.