Chief Executive Officer
Michele Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in October 2012 following a distinguished legal career as a federal prosecutor and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney, District of New Jersey. During her tenure as a prosecutor, she specialized in white collar crimes and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney she was responsible for the management and operation of a 300 employee office and at different times, held direct supervisory responsibility for each of the major prosecuting divisions.
As a result, she brings two decades of experience unraveling complicated bank, corporate and tax fraud cases and a deep knowledge of the working of financial institutions and processes to her EDA role. The EDA is an independent State agency responsible for providing financing to small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs.
Under her leadership, the EDA was called upon to administer $460 million of federal funds provided to help impacted businesses and communities recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Cornerstones of the EDA program are the Stronger NJ Business Grant and Loan Programs and the Stronger New Jersey Neighborhood and Community Revitalization program – whose goals are to support businesses and communities resume operations and rebuild post Sandy.
Prior to becoming the CEO of the EDA, Ms. Brown served as Appointments Counsel for Governor Christie. In this senior staff position, she provided strategic and legal guidance to the Governor and Cabinet and worked closely with the Legislature to fill key posts, including Cabinet level, senior executives, judicial and prosecutorial nominees, and volunteer board, commission and authority members.
Ms. Brown, a native of Trenton, N.J., earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She received a B.A. degree, also magna cum laude, from Drew University. Her outstanding contributions in the legal arena were recognized by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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