DeShanna Brown, Ed.D.
Director of Development
Dr. DeShanna K. Brown is the Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs at Louisiana State University (LSU). She has more than a decade of diverse higher education development and external relations experience, which includes a broad background in annual giving, corporate sponsorships, campaign development, prospect/donor cultivation, alumni engagement and historically black colleges and universities philanthropic giving.
Before joining Louisiana State University in March 2014, Dr. Brown served as director of annual giving for Spelman College. During her tenure she led her team in raising more than $8 million against a $150 million comprehensive campaign goal to support scholarships, academic initiatives, and campus renewal during the college’s largest ever fundraising effort, The Campaign for Spelman College.
Dr. Brown has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for best practices in advancement and was selected by the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a thought leader on HBCU Alumni Giving Rates. She recently published her dissertation on the Development of Strategic Fundraising Practices for Divisions of Student Affairs at 4-year public flagship institutions and co-authored Student Affairs Staff: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar for NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
She is the past Vice President of Education and Diversity & Inclusion Chair for the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and currently serves on the national inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (I.D.E.A.) committee and diversity scholarship task force.
Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University, masters of public administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Brown’s civic and social memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Teen Court Program of Greater Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofits, and the African American Development Officers Network.