Carlton A. Brown, Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Full Spectrum, has been at the center of several progressive initiatives that promote affordable housing and mixed-use development in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi (his hometown); New Orleans and Africa. Major New York City projects include the LEED-Gold Kalahari mixed-use affordable and market rate housing in the heart of Harlem, praised by Mayor Bloomberg as a new design model for the city for sustainable and affordable housing. Brown was the only developer appointed to the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board to address the important environmental issues facing the City, and has taken part in the Clinton Global Initiative as a panelist. Referencing his experience with post-Katrina housing and sustainable design in New Orleans, he will also address post-Sandy housing challenges facing the metro area.
Brown is a 1973 graduate of Princeton University - School of Architecture and Urban Planning and has studied real estate finance at New York University. He worked for architecture and planning firms until he joined AT&T as a manager in the real estate division. During his 10-year tenure at AT&T, he directed the development and construction of over $2.0 billion of real estate for the company.
Brown has used his educational and corporate experience to shape Full Spectrum’s real estate development activities. He has been responsible for the development, deployment and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies and strategies. Brown is a long term proponent of sustainability. In 1990, he led a multi-disciplinary consultancy to the Cape Verde Islands in West Africa that developed an approach for sustainable development projects.
Brown’s vision for Full Spectrum has led to the firm's recognition as a national leader in the development of affordable, green, smart buildings in emerging urban markets. The firm's central theme is that all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity or income, are entitled to a sustainable future and Brown's role is to see that all Full Spectrum development projects meet these high performance standards.
Brown has served on several boards including the AIA New York Chapter, the Business Resource & Investment Service Center (BRISC) of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, BEN Asset Group, and is the current board chair of 651 Arts. He has received numerous commendations from various organizations for his leadership and civic engagement including the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. Brown has served on the NYC High Performance Building Task Force and the NYC Brownfield Task Force. In September 2006, he was the only developer appointed to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board. This board’s mission is to address the important environmental issues that face the entire City and to a large extent will determine the viability of NYC as a community by 2030.
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