A seasoned communications, marketing and compliance professional, Diane Brown serves Peterson Rudgers Group as director of administration and project manager. She manages administrative operations of the organization, overseeing a variety of functions as well as tracking and monitoring project deadlines and organization documentation.
Brown’s communications career includes two periods at the University of Michigan in media relations and compliance, marketing and outreach roles at a regional financial institution, and numerous officer terms on non-profit boards.
While an undergraduate journalism student at Central Michigan University, Brown found a love for media relations while working as a student assistant in the Sports Information office. She then completed her first tour at the University of Michigan as an assistant sports information director, creating the first recruiting materials for U-M women’s athletic teams and assisting in computerizing the football game-day information.
While pursuing a master’s in business administration from U-M, Brown turned to a financial career at First of America Bank, ultimately serving as a regional assistant vice president for community outreach and compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act. During her banking tenure, the FOA received high marks from federal compliance reviews, and Brown served as board president for the Housing Bureau for Seniors and Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. She also co-founded the Washtenaw HomeBuyers Program and the Central Michigan University Honors Program Alumni Advisory Board.
Brown returned to the U-M as the public information officer for facilities and operations, serving as the University’s primary spokesperson for crime, emergencies, and construction. Later she became the University’s first Clery Act compliance officer, training hundreds of staff, student employees, and faculty regarding their reporting responsibilities. She also assisted the Clery Center as a freelance trainer for several years.