Binta Niambi Brown is a corporate lawyer, startup advisor, human rights advocate, and bass player based in New York City. Driven by passion, and a desire to help others realize the fullest extent of their ambitions and capability, Binta has enjoyed tremendous success in both the private and public sectors.
As a legal advisor, she has played a role in some of the most significant business transactions of the past fifteen years in addition to advising a variety of startups and social enterprises.
As a humanitarian and philanthropist, Binta has focused her efforts on advancing the cause of women and girls at home and around the globe, advocating for the arts and arts education, advocating for reduced legal barriers to innovation and emerging business models, and manages a significant global pro bono practice focused on human rights advocacy.
Binta is regularly invited to address women’s organizations, political organizations, high schools and colleges and is a highly sought out mentor, having successfully mentored dozens of college aged men and women.
Binta was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a 2012 "40 under 40" business leader, Crain’s New York Business as a 2011 “40 under 40” rising star in the New York business community, JET Magazine as a 40 under 40 leader, by the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence and by Super Lawyers, as a New York Super Lawyer Rising Star. She is a winner of the 2013 CUP Catalyst Change Agent Award, and is a 2012 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
She is a Trustee of Barnard College, a Trustee of the New York City Parks Foundation, a Trustee of the American Theatre Wing Board of Directors (and Tony Awards Voter), a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First, and a member of each of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Women's Leadership Board. She sits on the advisory boards of NPR/Generation Listen and the Somaly Mam Foundation. Binta is also a 2013-2014 Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a 2012 Truman National Security Fellow and a 2012 Pipeline Fellow.
For pleasure, Binta plays the electric bass (in New York City area bands), piano and banjo, and is an avid photographer. A frequent half-marathoner, Binta enjoys cycling, tae kwon do, and reading Russian literature to her chocolate labrador, Ms. Rosa Parks.
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