Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown
I began my career in advertising introducing leading international brands, like Sony Ericsson, into the North American market. This work lead me to co-found StudioE9 in 2004. StudioE9 was an independent digital laboratory servicing global advertising agencies including IRIS Nation and TBA Global.
Starting in 2010, while still running StudioE9, I began to develop social initiatives, Choose Haiti and Maiden Nation. This new work focused on job creation for women in developing countries through ethical fashion. The initiatives represented some of the first public/private partnerships of their kind. As a result, they were widely reported, featured in Fast Company, Time, Glamour Magazine, BBC, CNN and Mashable. This work also marked a shift away from my interest in selling mass consumer products to ideas with the potential to change lives in meaningful ways.
In the summer 2013, I co-founded a multi-media communication firm called Uncommon Union. Unlike StudioE9, Uncommon Union focused exclusively on building awareness around the activities of social businesses and global leaders intent on changing their industries. Over time I built a network of partnerships bringing together celebrities, governments, businesses, and non-profits. Uncommon Union builds networks in the interest of fair trade coffee, ethical supply chains, illegal trafficking, digital education for girls in war zones, global public defender systems for the poor, international recognition of the Yazidi genocide, and to counter violent extremism..
Additionally I am a partner at Moreno Ocampo LLC, a global consultancy founded by the former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo. The consultancy develops tailored strategies to manage complex conflicts with transnational dimensions with a focus on anti-corruption, assisting victims of mass atrocities and biased judiciaries.
Ancillary to my work with Uncommon Union and Moreno Ocampo, I regularly write on the subject of women’s empowerment. My articles focus on entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, digital education for women and girls in the developing world. I have been published in The Guardian, Salon Magazine, Forbes Women, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Ryot News and Fast Company.
I studied Anthropology and Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University and Design at Parson School of Design in New York City.