CIS Michigan Staff
Jeff Brown was born and raised in Kalamazoo Michigan. His family has a long history in Michigan dating back to the 1800’s. He attended Kalamazoo College and Thomas Jefferson College at GVSU attaining a BPh degree in the Humanities and Performing Arts.
Jeff began his career at GVSU in Student Affairs and worked for 8 years as the Director of Housing and Student Activities. Next, he and his wife Sandy Game entered the world of business. Over the next 24 years Jeff and Sandy owned and operated several retail stores in Kalamazoo and Lansing. As an exercise advocate and amateur triathlete he then became certified as a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor and Group exercise instructor. This new direction eventually led to his position as the Health and Wellness Director of the Sherman Lake YMCA.
Leaving the YMCA Jeff was recruited as the Executive Director of the Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative, where he successfully launched the Bank On Kalamazoo program and asset building strategy, facilitated and led Project Connect creating access to basic needs for homeless and low income residents and led poverty simulation education efforts across Michigan and Nationally. In 2008 he was asked to Chair the National League of Cities Peer Poverty Network and worked to facilitate poverty focused policy development across the nation.
In 2012 he was hired as the State Director of Communities In Schools of Michigan, launching this new non-profit to support existing CIS affiliates and replicate the data driven CIS Drop Out prevention model across the state.
Jeff has served on numerous boards including the Richland Area Community Center, Kalamazoo Literacy Council, Gull Lake Performing Arts Foundation, Lewis Walker Institute (WMU) advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the Gull Lake Community Schools Board of Education as Secretary for the past 12 years. He and his wife Sandy have three adult children and one grandson, and live in the Richland Michigan area.