The Board of Trustees for the Thomas R. Brown Foundations is composed of family, long time associates of Mr. Brown, and appointees from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. The board members have diverse backgrounds in education, business, economics, and technology.
The Thomas R. Brown Foundations consist of the Thomas R. Brown Foundation, a private operating foundation, and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. The two entities are legally separate, but are governed by the same trustees, and programs of both foundations are coordinated where appropriate.
Mary Brown Bernal
Ms. Bernal received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis, and masters degree from Arizona State University’s Executive MBA Program. Her professional experience includes 15 years in commercial lending with various banks in Tucson, Yuma, and Phoenix. She presently serves on the boards of the Brown Foundations, the Arizona Council for Economic Education and the Amerind Foundation, as well as on the investment committee of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
Mr. Carter joined IBM after graduating from Purdue, and later went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School. He rejoined IBM, and managed the IBM facility in Tucson for twenty years. He served as CEO of Qualtronics Manufacturing, Inc. Later he joined Burr-Brown Corporation, and ultimately served as its CFO. Now retired, he is currently a director of Unisource Energy, of Tucson Electric Power, and of Critical-Path Institute, and is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and the UA College of Science Dean’s Board of Advisors.
Mr. Hard graduated from Yale University in 1959, and married a Tucson native. He then served in the US Navy as an LTJG before joining Valley National Bank (now Chase) in Arizona. He held a number of different positions in the bank, including: regional manager in charge of all branches in the state outside of Phoenix and Tucson; assistant to the chairman; and, at the end of his 39-year career, senior executive in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Mr. Hard is now retired, but maintains extensive community involvement.
Mr. Jewett is the past president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. He earned a BA degree and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arizona. He serves on the UA Foundation Board, and is past president of the Arizona Board of Regents. He was elected and continues to serve on the national Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). He is AGB’s Treasurer and serves on its Executive Committee. The Jewett family owned Territorial Publishers, Inc., where he served as President. Mr. Jewett also served on: the Governor’s P-20 Council; the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; and the First Things First Board. Mr. Jewett was a state representative in the Arizona Legislature, where he was named a top legislator for overall effectiveness in three consecutive Arizona Republic newspaper surveys.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is president and CEO of Research Corporation Technologies, a Tucson-based technology investment and management company that provides early-stage funding and development for promising biomedical companies and technologies. Since joining RCT as a venture development associate in 1993, Mr. Kirkpatrick has managed venture investments and technology development programs in the fields of cancer, inflammation, metabolic disease, and neurological disorders, and technology platforms related to biotherapeutics and antibodies. He serves on the boards of several companies in RCT’s portfolio, as well as the Critical Path Institute in Tucson. Mr. Kirkpatrick also serves on the board of directors for the Flinn Foundation.
As a Flinn Scholar, Mr. Kirkpatrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona with a dual major in Economics and Ecology/Evolutionary Biology. He received his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Sarah Brown Smallhouse
Ms. Smallhouse has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Arizona, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 2008 Woman of the Year. In 2012 Sarah received the Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award from the Pima Association of Governments for enhancing the regional community despite jurisdictional boundaries, promoting cooperation among residents and elected officials, and leading innovation on regional issues. She is President of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, Past-chair of the UA Foundation board and Co-chairs the University of Arizona’s Arizona NOW capital campaign. She serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Co-chairs its Government Committee. She chairs the board of the Southern ArizonaBuffelgrass Coordination Center, an organization aimed at controlling an invasive species that threatens the continued viability of the Sonoran Desert. For several years she lead initiatives on infrastructure and international trade while serving on the board of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities.
Dr. Swanson, University of Arizona Professor Emeritus, earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois, and has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in the teaching of economics. He has taught numerous specialized workshops in the United States and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He is past executive director of the Arizona Council on Economic Education and past president of the Academy of Economic Education. Swanson is known for his research and analysis on hyperinflation in South America and Europe. He is the author of numerous essays on economic issues, and scripts for the National Public Television series The Economic Exchange, and is the author of the books Bankruptcy 1995 and America the Broke. Dr. Swanson held the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Economics Education at the UA Eller College; the same Chair now bears his name.