Architect Magazine on NOMA’s new Executive Director Tiffany Brown

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NOMA’s new Executive Director – Tiffany Brown

by: Architect Staff

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) announced Tiffany D. Brown, MBA, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, as the new Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based membership organization. NOMA is the largest minority architecture organization focused on the advancement and licensure of African American architects, as well as those from other underrepresented backgrounds. Brown is a passionate leader within NOMA and the architecture industry, recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with 2020 Associates Awards for outstanding leadership and creative thinking in her communities and the architecture profession. She was awarded the same AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan honors just months prior. Brown has held local and national NOMA board leadership positions as well as co-founded the Detroit NOMA chapter in 2008. She is the recipient of NOMA’s 2020 Member of the Year Award

“At a time of many difficult transitions and decision making, Tiffany brings a wealth of understanding about the architecture profession, the unique needs of supporting minorities in the design community, and extraordinary organizational skills,” said Jason Pugh, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, NOMA President and Gensler Senior Associate. “Her communication skills, thought leadership, and creative thinking will allow for faster change and growth of NOMA programs while working with NOMA collaborators and partners across the country.”

As part of Brown’s duties, she oversees the management of programs including professional and student membership; oversight of the NOMA Foundation Fellowship (NFF), which is placing National Organization of Minority Architectures Students in virtual design and research fellowships; Project Pipeline architecture summer camps; President’s Circle, a corporate membership providing diversity training to architecture firms and allied businesses seeking to strengthen DEI efforts, the relaunch of NOMA’s jobs platform; and the annual NOMA National Conference celebrating its 50th year in Detroit this October. Brown also has oversight of NOMA employees and consultants. NOMA hired Tiffany Mayhew, Associate AIA, as Program Manager and Yolanda McQueen as Membership Coordinator. NOMA’s consultants include Joel Avery as Chief Information Officer, Amber LaCroix is acting communications manager, and Marilyn Catinella as Executive Assistant.