Martha Montag Brown
Martha founded Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC nearly 20 years ago, after a successful career in philanthropy and corporate affairs heading up the Levi Strauss Foundation and global Community Affairs group.
Since launching her own business, Martha has worked with more than 50 foundations, companies and nonprofits nationally. Having worked directly in foundation and corporate social responsibility roles earlier in her career, Martha brings unique insight into the field and a deep national network of colleagues and experts. She has advised a wide range of organizations from some of the world's most recognized corporate philanthropic and social responsibility brands to start up foundations and family philanthropic organizations.
Prior to starting her executive search business, Martha served as Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation and Director of Community Affairs. In this role, she led a staff of 25, managed an annual giving program of more than $20 million, and had responsibility for seven offices in the United States, Asia, Europe and Canada. She had lead responsibility for all of Levi Strauss & Co.'s many philanthropic and charitable functions, as well as local government and community relations efforts.
In addition, Martha spearheaded the development of the company's AIDS funding program, initiated the Foundation's Project Change anti-racism initiative, led international giving and community relations programs in Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines, developed the company's Work/Family programs and Child Care Fund, facilitated publicly supported literacy and citizenship classes for employees, and managed state and local government and community relations during plant closings.
Martha received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where she currently serves as an Executive Committee member of its Board of Regents. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of Flintridge Preparatory School. She serves on the Council on Foundation's Committee on Inclusiveness which addresses issues of diversity in philanthropy. She has donated many hours, and the resources of her practice, to numerous pro bono searches for a variety of non-profit organizations. She and her husband live in La Cañada, CA, and she is the mother of three children, one in college, one working in New York City, and one serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.
Elissa has spent the last ten years working in the executive search field with a focus on senior level searches in philanthropy and corporate responsibility.
Elissa came to executive search after working directly in the field of corporate responsibility for a decade. She spent five years in Corporate Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. where she worked on a variety of corporate responsibility issues including global sourcing, human rights, environmental policy and philanthropic programs. She went on to serve as a Vice President with Business for Social Responsibility where she developed and launched the Global Responsibility Resource Center, and was integrally involved in strategic planning and leadership efforts during a critical period of growth for the organization. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of Planning and Development at the Community Action Commission in Santa Barbara County, a countywide nonprofit social service agency.
Elissa has a B.A. from Brown University and has a M.A. in Organizational Development from City University. She is currently a Wexner Heritage Fellow and serves on the board of directors of Oakland Hebrew Day School. She is the mother of two elementary school-aged children and lives in Berkeley, CA.