Founder // Grand Fermata Entertainment
Binta Niambi Brown is CEO and Cofounder of Fermata Entertainment/Grand Fermata Holdings LLC(a boutique advisory firm focused on early stage music, media, entertainment, technology and other creative industry startups, in addition to artist and talent representation), and a blogger, human rights advocate, and bass player based in New York City. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Executive in Residence for the New Orleans Startup Fund/PowerMoves NOLA, in addition to advising or mentoring early stage technology companies and their founders.
Binta was an informal advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign and served on each of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s transition teams. A Truman National Security Fellow and former Pipeline Fellow, Binta has been recognized as one of the Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 business leaders, JET Magazine’s 40 under 40, Crain’s New York 40 under 40, by the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence, by Super Lawyers as a New York Area Super Lawyer Rising Star, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is a winner of the 2013 CUP Catalyst Change Agent award, and has been featured (either as subject or contributor) in Real Simple magazine on mentorship, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Cosmo and on CNN.
Binta sits on the corporate board of TCI, Inc., in addition to several advisory and philanthropic boards including 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), the African Technology Foundation, Barnard College, Human Rights First, the New York City Parks Foundation, and the American Theatre Wing. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative, and a graduate of each of Barnard College and Columbia University School of Law.