Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown is the co-founder of Uncommon Union, a communications and media agency with a mission to raise the profile of leaders who have the courage to drive change for a better world. Elizabeth co-founded the company in 2013 and rapidly built a network of visionary partnerships bringing together celebrities, governments, businesses, and non-profits. Notable clients include Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee and Tea, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Columbia Earth Institute and Paul Farmer’s Partners In Health. Elizabeth emerged as the driving force behind the creation of some of the first public/private partnerships of their kind, such as Choose Haiti and Maiden Nation. Her efforts focused on job creation for women in developing countries through ethical fashion. These initiatives have been featured in Fast Company, Time, Glamour Magazine, BBC, CNN and Mashable.
Most recently she help spearhead a project called “It’s On U” co-led by Luis Moreno Ocampo, Kerry Propper, Murad Ismael and Taylor Light. The team traveled to Northern Iraq in August 2015 to interview victims of the Yazidi genocide for evidence to be used in a case that was submitted and accepted by the ICC at the end of September by Murad Ismael’s non-profit Yazda. They proceeded to launch a lobbying campaign to pressure heads of state and UN Security Council members to refer the Yazdi genocide to the ICC.
Elizabeth also writes on the subject of women’s empowerment. Her articles focus on entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, and digital education for women and girls in the developing world. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Salon.com, Forbes Women, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Ryot News and Fast Company. She has been a guest speaker at the 92Y, United Nations, Harvard University, Sustainatopia, and Nexus.
Elizabeth and her brother, writer Jason Brooks Brown, are working on a writing project on humanitarian disruptors that profiles people who are independently trying to make a difference outside of NGO’s and government bureaucracies. Their first profile was of Roya Mahboob, the Afghan entrepreneur who is fighting to bring digital literacy and education to Afghanistan. Elizabeth and Jason traveled to Afghanistan in February 2014 to meet with Roya’s family and visit her students. The stories have been published on Salon.com:
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