Ellis Brown, Director
Ellis Brown moved to Baltimore, MD in 2004 to join the staff at Morgan State University and currently serves as the Director of the Morgan Community Mile Initiative. During his tenure he has effectively expanded and strengthened Morgan’s community involvement by participating in and working with neighborhood associations across the City. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NorthEast Development Alliance (NEDA), Blue Water Baltimore and the Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc.
Before Baltimore, Brown worked at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, where he established the Edward Waters College Community Development Corporation (EWC CDC) and served as its first Executive Director. He is an experienced field worker, manager, and executive in the area of community and economic development having served as a Peace Corps volunteer, Associate Peace Corps Director, and Country Representative in Senegal, West Africa for the Washington, D. C.-based non-governmental organization Africare. Brown lives in Baltimore City and is involved with his local community organization; he serves on the Housing and Development Team, the School and Recreation Team and works with the Playground Group.
Ellis Brown is married to Doris Brown (a computer systems analyst currently working in Morgan’s Restricted Funds Department), and has a daughter Ama who is also in Baltimore, a son Trey who is in Jacksonville, Florida, and his youngest son Robert who is a 1st Lt. in the US Army, currently posted to Hawaii.
Asha Layne, Community Statistician
Asha Layne received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Howard University in 2015, specializing in criminology and social inequality. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from William Paterson University in New Jersey and M.S. in Sociology from Morgan State University. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, race and crime, sexuality, and juvenile violence. Asha was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and raised in Clifton, NJ.
Asha provides a myriad of services to MCM, including: website management and updates, statistical data analysis and interpretation, maintaining the MCM social media presence, and grant writing and acquisition. She has been a professor in higher education for over six years, serving students at various colleges/universities in Baltimore. Crime prevention and community engagement serve as the vision and goal for her future work, and MCM is the perfect place for her to get that work started.