David W. Brown
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication
David W. Brown has owned or managed five advertising/public relations firms throughout his 30+ career in Philadelphia. His most successful venture was BrownPartners, – which operated from 2002 – 2011 – and became one of the most decorated minority-owned ad agencies in the history of Philadelphia’s advertising industry. The company won almost every award in the field including three Pepperpots from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); a Gold Addy from the Philadelphia Advertising Club; and a Mosaic Award from the American Advertising Federation.
Brown has the distinction of being the only person to have served over his career as both the President of PRSA’s Philadelphia chapter and the Philadelphia Advertising Club. He is also the only living African American inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) Hall of Fame. He serves as Founder/Managing Director of The Marketing Collaborative – a non-profit that provides strategic marketing services to other Philadelphia non-profits. He was named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration for his communications work around empowering non-profits to make a difference in the communities they serve. In 2018, Brown was awarded the Harris Wofford Active Citizenship Award by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee for his “dedication and longtime support” of the King Day of Service --- the largest single day of service in the country.
He is a published author; has served as the General Manager for 900 AM WURD (Pennsylvania’s only African American-owned talk radio station); and has served as the Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (known as WePAC) which focuses on child literacy by re-opening formerly closed libraries in public elementary schools. He is an ordained Reverend in the United Methodist Church serving on the ministry staff of Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in West Philadelphia.
He is currently the Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication where he teaches Public Relations writing and strategy. He also serves as the Director of the Public Relations Internship and Field Experience program and serves as Faculty Advisor for Temple’s Black Public Relations Society – the nation’s only student chapter of the national organization. He is also a frequent contributor to the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER and PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL. A graduate of Duquesne University where he majored in Journalism, David is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) where he received a Masters degree in Theology focusing on Public Policy and is a Doctoral candidate at Temple where he is pursuing his PhD in Media and Communication.