Adam Braun '06

Adam Braun '06 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths


Alumni Spotlight – Adam Braun ‘06


Adam Braun ’06, the native of Greenwich, Conn., was a two-year letterman for the Brown men’s basketball team in 2003 and 2004.  Braun played on the 2003 edition of the Bears that earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).


Prior to graduation, Braun, who was a Business Economics and Psychology concentrator, got his first taste of international development when he studied aboard as part of the Semester at Sea program.


After graduating from Brown, Braun joined Bain & Company, a management consulting firm that offers advice to many of the world’s largest businesses, nonprofits, and governments.


A visit to India shaped Braun’s future when he met a young boy begging in the streets.  When asked what he wanted most in this world, the child responded with, “a pencil”.  Using that moment as a catalyst, Braun left his prominent job at Bain and Company, ultimately becoming CEO and Founder of Pencils of Promise in 2008.


With just an initial $25 deposit, Braun has transformed Pencils of Promise into an award-winning nonprofit organization that has contributed to the construction of over 200 schools worldwide. 


For his efforts, Braun and Pencils of Promise were honored at the United Nations as the Empact Showcase’s Education Organization of the Year in 2013 after being named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list and Wired Magazine’s “50 People Who Are Changing the World” list in 2012.


Adam’s book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, is set to release on March 18.


Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.