Ms. Brown-Graham joined the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) as director in January 2007. Before joining IEI, she served as a Professor of Law and Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Government. In 2004, then-N.C. Gov. Mike Easley appointed Brown-Graham to the board of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. She also serves as a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and is active on boards and committees of several not-for-profit organizations.