Portia Abernathy Brown

Portia Abernathy Brown is Director of Operations at VSA Massachusetts, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, which promotes the involvement of people of all abilities in the cultural life of our communities. She was Assistant Director for Education and Community Initiatives at Boston Ballet where she directed programming that provided accessible and inclusive dance education to 3,000 students in the Boston area each year and offered trainings and professional development opportunities to educators and service providers.  Portia earned her Master of Education in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Colorado and graduated cum laude from Colorado College.  She is a member of the Berkley Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs advisory board, is the Primary Consultant for United Dance, and was a finalist for the 2017 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Young Professional Excellence Award.