Dr. Elissa Brown is the director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education and program coordinator of Hunter College’s Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education. She is an education policy fellow under the Institute for Educational Leadership. Before coming to Hunter, she was the North Carolina state director of gifted education and teacher preparation programs. Dr. Brown was the director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary from 2002-2007. She has been a district gifted-program coordinator, the principal of a specialized high school, classroom teacher, federal grant manager and international consultant. She has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, including Rutgers and Duke University. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely. She is the parent of three children and lives in East Harlem, New York City.