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Public Information - Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology - Board Members


Charlene Brown
President
AT&T – New Jersey 
 
As President of AT&T - New Jersey, Charlene Brown is responsible for providing overall strategic direction for AT&T’s external relationships in New Jersey.  In her capacity as the state advocate for AT&T, Charlene serves as liaison with the Governor’s office, the state legislature and other elected and appointed officials.  She is also responsible for a range of communications policy issues and manages regulatory matters before the NJ Board of Public Utilities.  Additionally, Charlene determines whether local philanthropic opportunities are aligned with the objectives of the AT&T Foundation and she is responsible for overseeing corporate sponsorships.
 
Before moving to AT&T’s External Affairs team, Charlene held various positions at AT&T, including serving as AT&T’s Eastern Region Public Affairs Director.  In this capacity, she was responsible for coordinating AT&T’s public policy message throughout the region and cultivating alliances with AT&T’s National Consumer Panel.
 
Charlene began her career as a reporter for the Elizabeth Journal and the Asbury Park Press.  From there, she moved on to New Jersey state government, serving for nearly 10 years as Press Secretary for the Department of Human Services, responsible for counseling the Commissioner and the Governor on a wide range of Human Services-related issues. 
 
Charlene earned her BA in Journalism and English from Douglass College and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
 
Charlene is the board chair of the research organization New Jersey PRO, a trustee of Felician University and secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Drumthwacket Foundation.  In addition, she serves on the boards of the New Jersey Tech Council, the NJ Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED), the NJ Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, the NJ Council on Innovation and the NJ Commission on Science, Technology, and Innovation.