Eliza Smith Brown joined the ATS staff in May 2008 as director, communications and external relations. She is responsible for developing and implementing the ATS communications plan, which includes print and electronic publications, the Web site, media relations, and promoting use of ATS resources and services by the Association’s 251 member schools throughout the United States and Canada.
Brown has worked for more than twenty-five years in communications, marketing, and research, with a focus on historic preservation and architecture. Her career began in 1978 at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and she has worked in marketing and communications for three different architectural firms. Since 1995, she has headed a consulting firm specializing in cultural resource management. Brown is the author of Pittsburgh Legends and Visions: An Illustrated History and has co-authored several other books, including A Legacy in Bricks and Mortar: African-American Landmarks in Allegheny County and The Duquesne Club Cookbook: Four Seasons of Fine Dining. She has given lectures and tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Frick Art & Historical Center, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Brown was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Cornell University. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, she currently serves as a trustee of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, as president of the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation, and on the boards of The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Landmarks Financial Corporation, and St. Edmund’s Academy.