Monique Elwood Brown has more than 15 years of experience in public health program management, grants management, and community engagement. Prior to her role at Tulane, Monique worked for the Foundation for Louisiana, where she assisted in building the Foundation’s capacity to advance racial and economic equity, as well as provided a public health lens to the work of the Economic Justice portfolio. She served as Project Lead for the BUILD Health Mobility project, a collaborative effort to bring new and unique data assets to local policy and planning decisions related to transportation and mobility in New Orleans. Through the BUILD Health Mobility project, Monique launched a leadership development program for residents to become actively engaged in the decision making for improvements to public transit in their neighborhoods.
Monique worked for 9 years at the Louisiana Public Health Institute where she managed the Louisiana Tobacco-Free College Initiative and was instrumental in the campaign that led to all colleges and universities across Louisiana adopting tobacco-free campus policies. She also served as a core planning team member of a national Historically Black College and University (HBCU) tobacco-free campus policy effort. As a member of the Voices for Healthy Kids campaign, Monique provided administrative oversight and grants management to support childhood obesity prevention policies nationwide, including Safe Routes to Schools and Complete Streets policies.
In 2018, Monique was named a member of the 2nd cohort of the Health Leaders Network, an initiative of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Building Healthy Places Initiative. The ULI Health Leaders Network is designed to empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities.
In her spare time, Monique enjoys a good book, long baths, gardening, and baking. She resides in Gentilly with her husband and three children.