Deborah P. Brown is the Chief Mission Officer for the American Lung Association. Prior to this, she served as President and CEO of the Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic until the Lung Association united into a single nationwide organization on July 1, 2017, when she became the Executive Vice President for the region.
Brown is a 37-year employee of the American Lung Association. She holds a BS degree in Public Health from West Chester University and an MS degree in Health Education from St. Joseph's University. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 1993.
Brown began her career as a health educator responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of adult and pediatric lung disease programs. She was later promoted to the position as program director, vice president of advocacy, mission and communication before being appointed president and CEO.
Her past experiences have included working on advocacy issues in the areas of tobacco, asthma, school health and healthcare. Passage of Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act in 2002, the second comprehensive law in the country, is among her major accomplishments. Since then she has been involved in passage of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air law, anti-idling legislation, and numerous environmental campaigns at both the state and federal levels. She has served as the chairperson for coalitions and partnerships throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Brown has written curriculum and lesson plans for various health education programs and has developed and implemented training programs for school personnel throughout Mid-Atlantic Region.
Brown was raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She and her husband Stephen have one son, Stephen and a daughter Lauren.