Tawanna Brown is the Senior Manager of Knowledge and Learning for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF). At AYLF, Tawanna supports alumni engagement, knowledge management and curriculum development and delivery. She has served in various levels of staff, board and volunteer roles within numerous entities, mainly within the not-for-profit, social capital sector. Her eclectic journey has afforded her rewarding experiences in program and organizational development, youth and parent engagement, participatory evaluation and grantmaking and capacity building, among other areas. Tawanna is a native of Chicago, Illinois who has lived much of her life in the Midwest. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee in celebration of her parents (both navigating life in their 80’s). She is a graduate of Knox College and studied literature, creative writing and African American Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Tawanna deeply believes in the power of empathy and honorability (shared accountability free of shame). She values the wisdom embedded in stories and metaphors and practices, faithfully, the art of writing love letters.