Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives



Janet Huidekoper Brown

Janet H. Brown serves as Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a position she has held since the CPD was established in l987. The CPD is a non-partisan, non-profit corporation that sponsors and produces televised presidential debates during each U.S.general election. She has led the organization of 26 general election presidential and vice presidential debates.

Prior to joining the CPD, Ms. Brown served in appointed positions at the White House and the Office of Management and Budget. She also served on the staffs of the Hon. John C. Danforth in the U.S. Senate and Ambassador Elliot L. Richardson at the U.S. Department of State Department. In 1986, she was the recipient of a fellowship in the Japan Society’s U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.

Ms. Brown has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. She has been awarded the Williams College Bicentennial Medal and an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of San Diego, Centre College, and Hofstra University; she was named 2001 Public Administrator of the Year by the Marsh Institute for Government and Public Service at Shenandoah University. She previously served on the boards of Williams College and MDC, Inc., (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) a non-profit research organization specializing in workplace literacy and economic development.

For friends and relatives who are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live on the Internet. For details on how to watch the broadcast, click here.

Overflow viewing also will be available in Room 105 of the Olin Building.