Julian E. Brown is retired from Nicor Gas. He had several roles at Nicor during his 37 year career, including Manager of Corporate Contributions, Director Community Relations, and Director Corporate Social Responsibility. In these roles, Julian was responsible for corporate contributions, memberships, volunteerism, minority internships, scholarships, matching gifts, community programs, the company’s United Way Campaign, and local government relations. Julian has been an Illinois State Commissioner since 2008 and currently serves on the resource committee. He also currently serves on the iHeart Media Community Involvement Board and on the board-level Diversity Committee for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. During his career at Nicor Gas, Julian served on numerous boards and committees including CEDA, Donors Forum of Chicago, DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, and Chicago United. He received the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for outstanding campaign coordination, Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence Award, West Suburban Philanthropic Network’s Grant Maker of the Year and recognized as “Someone You Should Know in Philanthropy” by the Business Ledger. Julian also received the Audley Award of Leadership Excellence from the DuPage NAACP for his community involvement and his work in the field of diversity and inclusion. He was one of the founding members and past chairman of the Nicor African American employee resource group, “En Rapport.”
Julian holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bradley University in Peoria and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University in Lisle.
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