Colorado Futures Center Director

Charlie Brown, Director

Charlie Brown, Director

Charlie Brown, Director

Charles (Charlie) S. Brown is the director of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University and founder and president of Charles Brown Consulting Inc, a small public policy and economic consulting firm. Previous he was director of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver and staff director for the Colorado Economic Futures Panel.

Before his career as a private consultant focused on public policy, Brown served a 29-year career in state government, retiring in 2004. During that time, he spent 17 years as executive director of the Legislative Council Staff.

“Charlie has a tremendous history of providing thorough, nonpartisan and rigorous analyses of public policies that affect every corner of Colorado. I’m confident the Colorado Futures Center will be a meaningful and substantive resource for all who care about preserving Colorado’s quality of life and long-term competitiveness.”
Tony Frank, CSU President

Brown was also an assistant commissioner of education for two years. He was responsible for administering the all aspects of the state’s system for funding public schools. He also served the Legislative Council for 11 years as the lead tax and fiscal analyst and school finance specialist.

Key Speaking Topics

  • Economics
  • Government Sustainability
  • Public Policy
  • Public School Funding
  • Sustainability
  • Tax and Fiscal Analysis

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he was a 1994 Gates Fellow at the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award by the University of Colorado and the Graduate School of Public Affairs in 2003, and the Leo C. Riethmayer Outstanding Public Administrator Award in 2004. He is an honorary inductee to Pi Alpha Alpha, the professional honor society for public administrators. Charlie was appointed to the Colorado State Board of Equalization, confirmed by the Colorado State Senate, and elected as the board’s vice-chairman in 2006.