After training as a historian (UVA PhD, 1992), Jack Brown taught history, ethics, and writing in the Engineering School at UVA until retiring in 2015. A native of Philadelphia, he’s married to Wendy Brown. They have two adult children, both graduates of Charlottesville High School. He is currently writing a history of the Eads Bridge, the first structure (worldwide) built of steel; the book is under contract with Johns Hopkins.
Jack’s work with local non-profits includes service with the Rivanna Rowing Club (vice president), the Rivanna Conservation Society (board chair in 2007-2010), the Building Goodness Foundation, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the Albemarle County Easement Authority, and One Virginia 2021 which lobbies for non-partisan redistricting for Virginia.
He has long believed in the work of Charlottesville Tomorrow: “My 30-plus years in Central Virginia have repeatedly evoked two related and contradictory notions. We are fortunate to live in a marvelous community replete with great human, institutional, and environmental assets. Yet too often, those positives seem to foster a kind of provincialism, a satisfaction that we have things figured out. By holding a lens up to ourselves, Charlottesville Tomorrow can encourage us all to do more and be better.”