Colleen Birdnow Brown
Colleen Brown is a seasoned Public Company CEO and Corporate Board Director collaborating with directors and executives on stakeholder value creation. She has gained a reputation for diplomacy, strategic vision and impactful leadership. Ms. Brown has been recognized by fellow directors as: an NACD “Top 100 Director” in the US, an NACD PNW “Director of the Year”, a Women Inc. “Most Influential Corporate Board Director” and the Seattle Business Magazine “CEO of the Year”. She is a Gamco Management Hall of Fame winner for creating significant shareholder value while serving as Director, President and CEO at Fisher Communications (formerly FSCI NASDQ). Previously, Brown served in the C-Suite of Belo Corp. (formerly BLC NYSE) a then Fortune 1000 company, President of Broadcast for Lee Enterprises (LEE NYSE), and various executive roles for Gannett (GCI NYSE), a then Fortune 500 Company. She has served on the boards of American Apparel Inc. (APP NYSE) as Chairperson, Boeing Employee Credit Union (BECU), DataSphere Technologies Inc., Career Builder, and Cars.com. She has served on the boards of Associated Press (AP), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Programming and Television Executives (NATPE) and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB). Brown has an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BS from the University of Dubuque. She is a graduate of Stanford Directors’ College and the Harvard Executive Program.
She currently serves on the board of True Blue Inc. (TBI NYSE) where she chairs the Innovation & Technology Committee, Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV NASDAQ) and Spark Networks (LOV NASDAQ) where she Chairs the Board. She is a NACD Leadership Fellow, exemplifying commitment to excellence in the Board Room. Ms. Brown is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Leadership Institute. She began her career in finance and technology and continues to invest in and advise early-stage technology companies. She is a frequent speaker and resource on corporate disruption and innovation.