Chief Executive Officer
Khari Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Partners for Education (CPE), a 25-year old nonprofit organization that mentors low-income high school and college students from the Washington, D.C. area to provide the skills and experiences they need to successfully complete college and excel in the workforce. Mr. Brown has served as CPE’s Executive Director since 2001 and as its CEO since 2015. Beginning as its only employee, Mr. Brown has built CPE from a niche program that reached only 50 students per year to a burgeoning organization that is currently supporting 424 students and has grown by nearly 400% since 2012. By expanding its program offerings and leveraging the power of hundreds of trained volunteers on daily basis, CPE has been remarkably successful in helping its students overcome the barriers that limit most low-income students. Under Mr. Brown’s leadership, CPE has seen 61% of its graduates’ complete college on time, a rate that is more than double that of similar students nationally.
Khari received both a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s degree in Education from Tufts University. A two-time captain of the Tufts basketball team, he played professional basketball in Helsinki, Finland upon graduating from college. After his playing career ended in 1995, he spent six years coaching high school and college basketball in the Boston area. He also owned and operated a fitness and sports performance business serving individual clients and offering clinics and camps for high school and college athletes. Khari’s involvement working with urban teens through his various coaching experiences led him to pursue a career in expanding educational opportunities for low-income youth.
Khari and his wife are the proud parents of two children who attend DC Public Schools.
Follow Khari on Twitter: @KhariBrownCPE