Conversations about foundation and nonprofit communications (among other things), hosted by non-relatives Eric Brown and Kirk Brown

Kirk and Eric speak with leaders in the field about who they are, what makes them tick, and how they think about their work. These conversations are freewheeling and (we hope) fun. We’re serious – it’s not all serious.

We hope that Let’s Hear It will provide insight into the people who run and work in foundations and nonprofits so that we can all find ways to do our jobs better and – oy, cliché alert – make the world a better place.

Let’s Hear It is sponsored through generous contributions from the Knight Foundation and the Lumina Foundation.

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Meet The Hosts

Eric Brown

Principal, Brownbridge Strategies

Eric Brown is the principal of Brownbridge Strategies, a consulting firm that provides services on strategy and communications to nonprofits and foundations. His client list includes: The Atlantic Philanthropies, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, among others.

Prior to starting his firm, for almost eleven years Brown was the communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. In addition to creating strategies for the foundation’s own organizational communications, he worked closely with the foundation’s programs and grantees, helping to design and implement communications strategies in global development, reproductive health, environment, education, philanthropy, and the performing arts. His work has taken him across the globe and has given him the opportunity to help nonprofit organizations in China, India, South America, Africa, and Europe.

Kirk Brown

CEO, REACH Strategies

Kirk founded REACH Strategies based on a 20-year career helping non-profits achieve their goals by linking smart campaign, communications, organizational development, and business strategies. REACH is based on the premise that success in today’s information economy requires that these aspects of an organization’s overall operation be tightly linked and mutually reinforcing.

REACH clients include a mix of non-profits, foundations, and businesses that share a vision of creating a healthier, more secure world for us all. Kirk has worked with hundreds of non-profit organizations, businesses, and the world’s largest foundations to create winning social change strategies. A world where information moves at the speed of light means that smart communications and powerful brand stories inevitably comprise the backbone of that change. Organization’s supported by Kirk’s work have ranged from small community groups to international campaigns.

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