Gerald Brown

Planning Department
Nashville, Tennessee

GERALD BROWN is a nonprofit consultant with over 20 years of practical work experience within the sector. He has an exceptional level of expertise in board development, strategic planning and fund development. He has helped raise over 100 million dollars for organizations that he has represented over the course of his professional career.

Prior to starting his own consulting group, Gerald served as CEO of the national nonprofit Persevere and as CEO of Dismas House of Nashville. He has also worked with the Salvation Army as their Executive Director of Development and AT Boy Scouts of America as their Chief Development Officer.

Gerald has been an active member of several civic organizations such as the Downtown Nashville Rotary club and Young Nonprofit Professionals. He is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Middle TN chapter. Gerald has also been recognized by the community as one of the top nonprofit professionals in their 30s by the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Nashville Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” class of 2018, a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Nashville and a 2018 recipient of the leading 100 African Americans in Business by He was also a member of the 2020 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.


To address a critical housing shortage, Nashville must quadruple its current annual affordable housing production by 2030. To support this work, the Planning Department will partner with a FUSE Executive Fellow for one year to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that establishes what an equitable housing system could look like for the city over the next 10-15 years.