One of our own recently went back to college to attend the graduation ceremony of his alma mater and accept an award for outstanding service in his community. Sean Brownlee, CERV board member, was awarded the 2019 Alumni Volunteer Service Award by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) where he obtained his MBA in 2011. The Alumni Achievement Awards program launched in the Fall of 2011 by MIIS is a way to recognize the outstanding work being accomplished by Institute alumni. The awards acknowledge professional success, service and other values important to the Institute.
2019 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients with President Laurie Patton and Dean Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Volunteering is at the heart of CERV's organizational social responsibility program. While serving in the community and showcasing CERV's culture, Sean embodies the CERV message of speaking and living by these values.
Sean Brownlee is a Special Operations United States Marine with over 21 years of global service in Cuba, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and countries throughout the Middle East and Europe. In his current positions he is the senior enlisted advisor for the west coast readiness support program responsible for force readiness in the event of a national emergency. He is also a foreign area regional affairs officer responsible for advising senior leaders on military operations with other nations and providing cultural expertise to forward deployed elements.
After returning from revolutionary Cairo and working with the MIIS Frontier Market Scout program helping entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial incubators and startups, Sean formed several international retail companies and a U.S. based manufacturing business, Ravenox. He advocates for retail on the local and national level and has been recognized by Silicon Valley Business associations and by Amazon for his work on Capitol Hill. Sean serves on the board of directors for the Washington Retail Association advocating for statewide legislation and policies that reduces costs for retailers and consumers while encouraging economic growth and positive change. In 2018 he was recognized by the National Retail Federation as an America’s Retail Champion distinguished finalist for his engagement in public policy contributions.
Promoting sustainable emergency preparedness solutions throughout Monterey County, Sean serves on the board of directors for the Community Emergency Response Volunteers, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting FEMA emergency programs and personal preparedness in our communities. His help can be felt as he assists victims of fires and disasters through the state of California. His continued outreach and support to the Institute can be seen in his mentorship of students in a variety of courses and programs ranging from Lean Startup Methods to the Frontier Market Scout programs as well as through student recruiting initiatives.
Thank you Sean for everything you do for our community and our organization!
To learn more about Sean visit: www.seanbrownlee.com