Harold Brown, IAP-L

Harold Brown | ISM Advancement Consultant | Director of Development at Salisbury School | Bio
Harold Brown | ISM Advancement Consultant | Director of Development at Salisbury School | Bio | Mobile

ISM Advancement Consultant | Director of Advancement at Cranbrook Schools


A strategic and focused leader, Harold enjoys assembling and leading high-performance development teams to meet their organizational goals. Harold’s expertise includes extensive knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, for principal as well as major and planned giving gifts from alumni, parents, and friends.

Current Role

As a member of ISM’s Advancement Team, Harold acts as an instructor and mentor during Advancement Academy to help advancement professionals create systems and metrics for their development initiatives.

He also serves as the Director of Advancement at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Prior Experience

Harold previously served as the Director of Development at Salisbury School, a boys college preparatory boarding school for 325 students in Salisbury, CT. Before joining Salisbury, Harold served for 25 years in various roles in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. As Executive Director of Alumni Relations and International Gifts, Harold led a program serving more than 21,000 alumni and 5,000 parents, strengthening ties to the school and one another.

Committed to inclusiveness, Harold has engineered teams of professionals and volunteers to enhance a school’s ability to address the needs of culturally and economically diverse constituencies.

Harold has presented at regional and national and conferences for CASE, NAIS, TABS, and APC, and is a recipient of CASE’s Steuben Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. He served on the Board of Directors for CASE International and CASE District One. For five years, Harold served on the faculty of CASE’s Summer Institute on Alumni Relations; for three years, he served as its Chair.

Most recently, Harold served as Chair of the 2016 CASE-NAIS conference. In Helen Colson’s book Philanthropy in Independent Schools, Harold authored the chapter titled “Essentials of Alumni Relations.”

Before dedicating his career to the world of education, Harold was in the financial sector, where he held various positions including Vice President at Connecticut Bank and Trusts, and the Bank of New England, both in Hartford, CT.


Harold earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, CT.