Community partnership grant coordinator selected

De Asa Brown oversees HUD Grant for Community Outreach Partnering Center | March 21, 2005

De Asa Brown, former president of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce and Xavier graduate, is joining the University as part-time coordinator for the Evanston-Norwood-Xavier (ENX) Community Partnership. She began working out of the Community Building Collaborative at Xavier office beginning Monday, March 21.

The ENX community partnership is a coordinated strategic plan among Xavier University, the Evanston neighborhood and the city of Norwood. It is primarily funded by a three-year Community Outreach Partnership Center grant, which was awarded to Xavier by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last November.

The ENX community partnership is focused on four goal areas:

  • Recreating Hoffman Elementary School as a partnership school among Xavier, the school and the community.

  • Strengthening Evanston’s single-family housing stock
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  • Increasing the vitality of the Montgomery Road business corridor between I-71 and Dana.

  • Building the capacity of community leaders in Evanston and Norwood to achieve objectives and work together.

“I could not be more excited about being on campus and serving in my new role as Coordinator for the ENX community partnership,” Brown says. “The COPC grant is vitally important to the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and I am looking forward to working with the team of community partners to achieve great results.”

As coordinator, Brown is responsible for working with the partnership’s committees, monitoring budgets and progress, overseeing communications and working as a liaison between Xavier and the community.

“DeAsa brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and connections to this important endeavor," says Byron White, director of Community Building Collaborative at Xavier. "We are fortunate to have her on the team.”

As immediate past president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce, Brown has extensive experience in minority business and community development.

An Evanston resident, Brown has received numerous honors and recognitions including an invitation to the White House in 2003. She was named 2003 Advocate of the Year by the South Central Ohio Minority Business Council, 2000 Public Policy Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, and selected by the Business Courier and Morton’s of Chicago as one of the “Forty Under 40” business leaders.

Brown serves on the board of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation and also works with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

Brown received her B.S. in business administration from Xavier in 1992 and is studying at Xavier for her executive M.B.A. She and her husband, Rodney, have three children.