JoAnna Brown, Ph.D.

JoAnna Brown, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Dr. JoAnna M. Brown is a Senior Research Fellow with Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. Dr. Brown earned her Bachelor of Urban Planning, Master of Community Planning, and doctoral degree in Regional Development Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Political Science.

For over fifteen years, she has worked for both non-profit organizations and local and regional governments in housing, community development and planning, and transportation planning. She was employed with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission (HCRPC) (in Ohio) under a grant funded by the United Way as a Senior Housing Planner. As a Senior Housing Planner, she collaborated with local jurisdictions, community stakeholders, and non-profit and private housing developers on development workforce housing plans for inner-ring suburban communities in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Dr. Brown also has experience in community development serving as the Community Development Director for the City of Silverton, Ohio.  Prior to her employment with HOME/HCRPC and the City of Silverton, she was employed for approximately eight years with the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering, four of which were as a Senior Transportation Planner. 

Dr. Brown’s research focuses are housing, social capital, community development, and public policy.

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Jeff Sparks

Jeff Sparks

Senior Fellow

Jeff Sparks became a Sagamore Institute Fellow in May, 2014. The founder of The New Harmony Project, a writers’ laboratory in New Harmony, and The Heartland Film Festival, the Midwest’s premier film festival that takes place in Indianapolis annually, Jeff has contributed to the cultural vibrancy of Indiana for decades. After retiring as President and CEO of Heartland Film Festival, Jeff has taken up a community development role in the Promise Zone Indianapolis neighborhood of Twin Aire. He graduated from University of Evansville and has a Masters in Theatre Directing from Florida State University.