Charles Brown, MPA, is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research. He also has extensive experience in community development having worked with municipal, county, and state government agencies, for-profits, and non-profit organizations in three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey.
As the head of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center at VTC, his research and evaluation activities have focus on removing barriers to bicycling for Blacks and Hispanics and women of color, pedestrian safety at or near bus stops, complete streets implementation and evaluation, economic impacts of bicycling and walking, Open Streets, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and analyzing vehicle and pedestrian crashes in low income and minority communities in New Jersey.
Prior to joining VTC, he was a city planner with the City of Orlando. While there he coordinated the yearly update to the City’s Capital Improvements Program, reviewed development proposals, and drafted changes to the City’s Growth Management Plan and Land Development Code. He also took a strong leadership role in advancing multi-modal transportation through his involvement with the Orlando Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Mr. Brown is the recipient of several notable honors in transportation and receives invitations to speak locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a military veteran and a recipient of the Mississippi Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Belhaven College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Brown is a member of the Board of Trustees with the Urban League of Essex County (NJ) and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.