Roderick L. Brown
Executive Director, Planning, Academic Division

Executive Director, Planning, Academic Division

Roderick L. Brown currently holds the position of Executive Director of Planning, Academic Division for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. He has a background in facility engineering, business strategy and planning. Joining Detroit Public Schools in December 2011, Rod assumed the role of Executive Director of Capital Projects and Planning at DPS, and was tasked with responsibility for the midstream oversight and completion of the District’s 2009 $500 million Capital Improvement Plan. In fall of 2013, he began leveraging his strategic planning experience, as the Chief Strategy Officer for Detroit Public Schools, to realign enterprise assets and engage ecosystem constituents, to innovatively enable positive discrete student outcomes throughout the city of Detroit.

Rod joined DPS after retiring from a 25 year career with General Motors where he served as a Senior Manager of Worldwide Real Estate, Global Facilities Planning. In that position, Rod’s on-site international assignments, targeted business and facilities’ strategic planning initiatives in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.  As part of the $2 Billion Southeastern Michigan planning effort, Rod’s facilities planning responsibilities also included Research and Development, Vehicle Design and Development, Engineering and Test laboratories, Performance engineering and Powertrain planning. His early tenure at General Motors, as an electrical engineer, included responsibility for US and international manufacturing & non-manufacturing facility project development and delivery, electrical systems analysis and design engineering, construction engineering, and technical software application development.

Rod is a Michigan Registered Professional Engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSSMBB). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, in Electrical Engineering, from Wayne State University, and completed graduate business coursework at Central Michigan University and Ellis College of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). As a continuous learner, Rod also had opportunities to acquire differentiating knowledge and insight through the HSM World Business and Plant Moran Masters Forums.