Dirk Brown

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A technologist who spends his energy designing and building innovative products and services for technology, philanthropic and housing communities. 

Dirk Brown is a technologist who spends his energy designing and building innovative products and services for the technology, philanthropic and housing communities. Dirk currently serves as Vice President of Product Management for Neighborly Software, a housing tech startup that helps locales efficiently manage and track housing funding.  He also manages a portfolio of real estate investments with an interest in innovative, affordable living and serves as board chair of the MicroLife Institute. Committed to affordability in his Virginia Highlands neighborhood, Dirk recently built a tiny cottage and rents it. He also serves as advisor on product and business development for several tech startups that support cultural institutions.

Most recently, Dirk served as Vice President of Global Product Management for telecommunications startup PGi.  He holds a BA in Classics from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  Dirk currently serves as chair of the Michael C. Carlos Museum National Leadership Board, an Executive Ambassador for Techbridge, a trustee for Drayton Hall Preservation Trust and member of the Oxford College Board of Counselors. He was chosen for the Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2019 for the Atlanta Regional Commission. He maintains an avid interest in art and architecture.

Two truths and a lie:

  • Dirk removed all the furniture in his house to host a museum benefit.
  • Dirk flew to Australia carrying a document to ensure it arrived for a meeting.
  • Dirk learned to make his own bathtub gin during the pandemic.