David Brown

Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Advocacy
David Brown

As vice chancellor for government relations and advocacy, David Brown serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s chief advocate on all legislative and regulatory matters at the local, state and federal levels. His team analyzes legislation, plans the University’s response to proposed policies and maintains productive relationships with government officials and agencies.

Brown has more than two decades of experience in higher education government relations as well as an additional decade in health care policy. Immediately before joining Pitt in 2022, Brown served as vice president of federal relations at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, he managed a staff of more than 200 in support of the university’s advocacy efforts as interim senior vice president of university relations. 

In addition to his leadership positions at USC, Brown has years of experience working with leading research universities, including an 11-year tenure advocating for the University of California health system on issues related to health professions, training and biomedical research.

Brown earned a master’s degree in health administration at Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia.