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Ian Lee Brown

Chief Diversity & Belonging Officer and Vice President, DUHS
Ian Lee Brown

Ian Lee Brown is the Vice-President and Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer at Duke University Health System.

In his role, Brown leads the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy and well-being and workplace safety initiatives. He ensures these elements are embedded within the system’s culture, so employees can live their authentic selves and deliver exceptional care to our diverse population of patients.

Prior to this role, Brown served in various senior-level roles in national healthcare, senior living and educational organizations, leading culture, diversity, talent, community outreach and operations. In these roles he had responsibility for leading over 1,200 employees and managing budgets in excess of $200 million.

Brown has served as a board member for numerous charitable organizations whose missions have included higher education, advocacy for the older adult population, including LGBTQ+ elders, youth, healthcare, affordable housing and hunger.

Brown completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College in New York City. He earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Chicago’s Lake Forest College and both a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science/Organizational Development and Graduate Certificate in Senior Housing and Healthcare from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in Baltimore. At Hopkins, he also spent a year in the Mid-Atlantic Health Leadership Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.