Barbara Brown serves as a Founding Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Citizens Center for Public Life. Brown recently retired after serving 25 years for Clemson’s Cooperative Extension Service where she managed and researched programs aimed at serving vulnerable audiences –such programs as Visions for Youth; Children, Youth, and Families at Risk; and Operation Military Kids. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, she worked with the Florida Solar Energy Center, the Florida Governor's Office, and consulted with an Undersecretary of the Air Force for the Military Operations on military family conservation issues. In the 1980s, she held a corporate social responsibility position and delivered programs for a local distributor while consulting with a corporate vice president to design additional programs. Currently, Brown is involved in developing models of SMART Power, which focuses on diplomacy, economic development, and security partnerships and is working to eliminate hunger and reduce extreme poverty both locally and globally simultaneously. Brown has a BS with Honors in Social Science from Rollins College, a MA in International Relations with a Political Economy Specialty, and received a Graduate Certificate in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University.