Robert Clarke Brown, Board Member

Robert Clarke Brown is a member of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and serves as Chair of the Governance Review Special Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee and the Steering Committee. He is a former treasurer at Case Western Reserve University, where he managed the university's debt and swap portfolios, credit rating agency relationships, investor relations and relationships with the financial industry.

Prior to his role at Case Western Reserve, Bob was capital markets advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he assisted in the establishment of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act--the first federal credit enhancement program for surface transportation. Previously, Bob managed the public finance department for Key Capital Markets, the investment banking subsidiary of KeyCorp.

Earlier in his investment banking career, he was a senior investment banker in the transportation finance group at Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Brown practiced law, including municipal bond law, with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland, Ohio, and practiced and taught at Georgetown University’s Institute for Public Interest Representation in Washington, D.C..

Bob's public sector experience includes additional work in federal and state government. As Ohio’s assistant director of transportation, he managed the state’s public transit, aviation and water and rail transportation programs. Earlier, he served as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. and as senior counsel to the Committee on Government Operations of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bob also served as an engineering naval officer on the staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover. For more than a decade, Bob served as a Presidential appointee on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Earlier in his career, he was counsel to two Congressional oversight committees. Bob currently serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Medical Center Company, a non-profit district energy company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bob received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Bob's term with the MSRB Board expires September 30, 2020.