Chief Executive Officer
Originally coming to HOLA in 1993, Tony Brown has been Executive Director and an active Board Member since 2006. During that time, Tony has sustainably grown the organization’s annual operating budget from $2.3 million to more than $4 million annually, allowing the organization to reach 74% more underserved children with programs that give them opportunities to realize their full potential. He received the 2012 LA Business Journal Leadership Excellence Award, Bank of America's Local Hero award and was named to Town & Country's Top 50 Philanthropists list in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Innovation in the state of California.
He serves on the Advisory Board for Scripps College's Laspa Center for Leadership as well as a President Emeritus of the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the University of Tennessee. Tony has been named as a Distinguished Alumni by both Loyola Marymount University and the University of Tennessee. Tony holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, an MS from the University of Tennessee, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders.
Tony is on the Leadership Council for the Promise Zone and was appointed to an Advisory Committee of the California Senate Rules Committee. In this role, he is one of twelve Commissioners working diligently at the state level to provide information and advice to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Secretary for Education, and the State Board of Education regarding state and federal policy and funding issues affecting before and after school programs. Tony is also a new Steering Committee member for the CA3 Advocacy Group where he is dedicated to promoting legislative and administrative policies, both state and federal, that enhance the quality and accessibility of after-school programs in California.