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Mr. Jim Brown

Manager of Trail Development

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


Jim Brown has known the value of trails—connecting people to nature and bringing tangible benefits to local communities—since his first job on the Gwynns Falls Trail in Baltimore. As manager of Trail Development at RTC he continues to put his passions to professional use by providing technical assistance to communities pursuing new trails and working with individuals to solve issues related to their favorite trails in regions across the country. Most recently this work has transitioned to the formation of the leadership of the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition to develop a network of trails built on green infrastructure connecting all of Baltimore through a social equity, public health and community development approach. Jim has experience in urban environmental education and international nonprofit issues; previous professional credits include working for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and serving as a natural resource management Peace Corps volunteer in rural Tanzania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in landscape architecture, where he was recognized as a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Fellow. His academic research and professional projects have been presented at international greenway planning, landscape architecture, urban planning and trail conferences.


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