Cynthia S. Brown currently holds a position as the Director of Statewide Efficiencies for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the state of Rhode Island (RIDE). In this capacity, Ms. Brown is responsible for managing those offices which develop, manage and implement statewide efficiencies such as health care, student transportation, school nutrition, school construction and other statewide commodity procurements. Ms. Brown is responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting of school district financial data in support of school initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, School Accountability, and aligning resources in support of student achievement and school improvement.
One of the most important pieces of work that has been developed during Ms. Brown’s tenure is the Uniform Chart of Accounts. Ms. Brown was instrumental in the developmental work for this significant initiative, and led the pilot and implementation of UCOA over the past several years. Now in its fifth year of collection, the UCOA output data is being used to inform decision-making at both the state and district level.
Other important initiatives that Ms. Brown has played a key role in is the development and implementation of a first ever statewide funding formula, the orchestration of a statewide, cross-district transportation system and the publication of a Public Schoolhouse Assessment, a report which evaluates the capacities and building conditions of RI schools. In addition to her office responsibilities, Ms. Brown is a member of the Data Governance Board, a group tasked with responsibility for establishing and enforcing policies and guidance involving data.
Prior to her work at RIDE, Ms. Brown worked for at the district level for over twenty-six years in administrative and operational capacities, with increasing roles and responsibilities over her tenure. Her final position was Director of Finance and Administration, serving in this role for five years.
Ms. Brown has been a member of RIASBO for over twenty years, serving in various committees and holding several positions on the Executive Board to include President. She has also served on the national level with ASBO on the Risk Management Committee and was a Meritorious Budget Awards Reviewer. Her district work comprises serving on several committees to include Building, Facilities Advisory, and Strategic Planning.
She has been recognized for her commitment to her chosen field with awards in 1996 and 2003 from RIASBO as School Business Official of the Year and was an Eagle Award Recipient on behalf of ASBO in 1998.
Ms. Brown holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Roger Williams University and has done graduate work at Salve Regina University. She achieved SFO (Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations) national certification from ASBO International in 2011.