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Director of ACTION Nomination of Samuel W. Brown, Jr.

February 18, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate Samuel W. Brown, Jr., to be Director of ACTION. Brown is presently treasurer of the State of Colorado.

Brown was born July 27, 1943, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He received a B.A. from University of Redlands in 1965 and an M.A. from Rutgers University in 1966 and attended Harvard Divinity School in 1966-67.

In 1968 Brown served as the national volunteer coordinator of Eugene McCarthy's campaign for President. Later that year, he served as statewide citizens' coordinator for Gov. Harold Hughes' successful Senate campaign in Iowa.

In December 1968, he was a consultant to the Peace Corps, traveling to India and Nepal. During the next 6 months, he was a fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Brown founded, coordinated, and led the Vietnam Moratorium in Washington, D.C., in 1969.

The following year, he moved to Denver, Colo. In 1972 he was employed by the Fund for Neighborhood Development as a consultant. He was also a prime organizer of the Citizens for Colorado's Future. In 1974 he was elected treasurer of the State of Colorado.

Brown has been a member of the Board of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, the Brookings Institution Study on the Presidency, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation. He was also a founding board member of the Council on Economic Priorities, an economic research organization.

He is the author of the book "Storefront Organizing" (1972) and coeditor of "Why Are We Still in Vietnam?" (1970). He has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Jimmy Carter, Director of ACTION Nomination of Samuel W. Brown, Jr. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/242305