Autumn Brown

Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race woman who identifies closely with her African, European, and white lineages, and a gifted facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression.

Autumn cohosts the podcast How to Survive the End of the World with her sister, adrienne maree brown. She was a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health exchange active in New York City from 2006-2012, and she serves on the national Board of Directors of the Common Fire Foundation. Autumn brings over 15 years of experience facilitating organizational and strategic development with community-based and movement organizations, and training organizers in Consensus Process, Facilitation, and Racial Justice. She has taught and presented in many places across the country, as well as internationally. She has facilitated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Kairos Fellowship, and the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, among many others.

Prior to joining AORTA in 2016, Autumn served as the Interim Executive Director of RECLAIM!, a Minnesota nonprofit that increases mental and integrative health support so LGBTQ youth may be free of oppression in all its forms. Autumn was previously the Executive Director of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, a grassroots Minnesota-based environmental and food justice organization.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Autumn has also completed specialized study in Theology at Oxford University and the General Theological Seminary of New York. She is a speculative and creative non-fiction writer. Her short fiction work has been published in the Procyon Science Fiction Anthology (Tayen Lane Press, 2016) and Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press, 2015). Her non-fiction work has been published in Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (AK Press, 2019) and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016). She lives in Minnesota with her three brilliant children, a large and ridiculous dog, many birds and other forms of wildlife.