BOSTON, MA – MAB Community Services has appointed former WCVB Channel 5 meteorologist David Brown as its new Chief Advancement Officer. Brown left local broadcasting several years ago for the not-for-profit Forsyth Institute, a biomedical research institute specializing in oral health. As Forsyth’s Chief Advancement Officer, Brown raised visibility and brought in record financial support for Forsyth’s research and community programs. In his new role at MAB Community Services, Brown will continue to fulfill his passion for connecting people, and advancing non-profit causes.
Brown will work closely with MAB CEO Barbara Salisbury to advance the venerable non-profit’s mission of “creating opportunities and transforming lives for people with disabilities”. Brown is well known within the MAB community as Master of Ceremonies for their “Extravaganza”, an annual fundraising event to benefit MAB’s Ivy Street School, which helps teens and young adults with special needs gain the skills they need to successfully transition to adult life. He has also run alongside many athletes from Team With A Vision—the running/fundraising team for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, another branch of MAB—at various races around New England, including the Boston Marathon. Brown started work for MAB at the beginning of November.
“David has always had close ties to the local non-profit community, and they have remained strong,” said Barbara Salisbury, CEO of MAB Community Services. “His work with us in the past, and his connections in the local community, will make him a wonderful asset to our organization.”
Brown enjoyed a long and successful television broadcasting career that brought him to Boston in 1995. For nearly 18 years Brown could be seen on WCVB Channel 5. During that time he transitioned easily between his roles as a meteorologist on NewsCenter 5’s Eyeopener, an anchor on that same program, and a reporter covering special issues. During his tenure, Brown was instrumental in starting the environmental series, “Going Green Boston”, and took great pride in taking over the A-PLUS series, which profiled outstanding high school seniors who have overcome life challenges. Each student then received a college scholarship from the Kirby Perkins Scholarship Fund.
As a dedicated volunteer in the community, he has visited hundreds of local classrooms to share the wonder of science, and served as Master of Ceremonies for numerous charities and fundraisers. Even after leaving local television, Brown has dedicated much of his free time to supporting local charities, including AIDS Action, where he has served as the Host and MC of the annual Boston AIDS Walk and received their Community Service Award.
Brown supports Fenway Health, Boston Medical Center, and Community Servings. He has served as co-chair for numerous fundraisers, and is active with the Ellie Fund and Project Place, a Boston organization dedicated to addressing homelessness. Brown serves as MC and auctioneer for the annual Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Chinese New Year celebration, and participates in WCVB’s annual Jerry Lewis Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University. After pursuing post-graduate work at Mississippi State University, he was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in recognition of his professionalism in weather forecasting and reporting.
“As a working adult, my first volunteer opportunity was with Sacramento California’s Society for the Blind, mentoring students interested in broadcasting,” said Brown. “My passion for removing barriers and creating opportunities has deep roots. I’m looking forward to supporting MAB Community Services’ essential, uplifting, and treasured work. Dedicated MAB employees strengthen our community through their service and outreach, while volunteers add their unparalleled generosity.”
MAB Community Services has been serving people with disabilities since 1903, and is the oldest social service agency in the United States to serve people who are blind or visually impaired. Today MAB serves a wide range of populations with disabilities through its three distinct branches: the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), the Ivy Street School, and Adult Disability Services. MAB has been providing services, advocacy, and outreach in Massachusetts communities, creating opportunities for people with disabilities by teaching; job training; providing volunteers, learning materials and methods; creating residences for blind individuals; educating the public; and partnering with the government, other agencies, the private sector, and the community. They work tirelessly to promote acceptance, inclusion, equality, and diversity.