Gerald Brown has served as the CEO of Dismas House of Nashville since January of 2016. With nearly two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Mr. Brown has helped thousands of people in underserved communities throughout Middle Tennessee region. Prior to his current role with Dismas House, he served as Executive Director of Development for The Nashville Salvation Army. Prior to his tenure with the The Salvation Army, Gerald oversaw advancement for the Boy Scouts of America, as their Chief Development Officer. In addition to his fundraising prowess, Gerald’s approach to leadership is innovative and impactful! Mr. Brown also served as a Resident Counselor at Cedar Grove Treatment Facility in Murfreesboro. There, he gained hands on experience on what the needs are of at-risk youth and their families.
As a Collegiate football player at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Brown transferred the skills acquired on the playing field to a summer youth ministry for at-risk youth in Antioch, TN. The camp was started by Mr. Brown and several community leaders to teach high school aged boys the fundamentals of teamwork, leadership, and attitude. Gerald has also been an active member of several civic organizations such as the Downtown Nashville Rotary club, Young Nonprofit Professionals, past President of The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Middle TN chapter. Mr. Brown has also been recognized by the community has one of the Top Nonprofit professional in their 30’s by the Center of Nonprofit Management, The Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 class of 2018, member of the 2018 class of Leadership Nashville and a 2018 recipient of the leading 100 African Americans in Business by NashvilleBusiness.net. Mr. Brown is currently a member of the 2020 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Mr. Brown is a native of Memphis, TN but has called Middle Tennessee home for the past twenty three years.