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David and Sheila Brown Memorial Fund 

The David and Sheila Brown Memorial Fund will support students on the journey to becoming the first in their family to graduate from college. 

Photo: Dave pictured with DCP students and Dr. Sheryl Erhman (front center), Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University.
Dave was passionate about making connections between DCP and SJSU to benefit aspiring engineering students. 

In Memoriam

For nearly two decades, David and Sheila Brown championed DCP students and families with their whole hearts. They would often say, in the true spirit of philanthropy,  that what they get from DCP is much more than what they give. We grieve the loss of our friends and mentors and cherish our time together working to achieve DCP’s mission. 

As a board member and advisor, Dave coached DCP through many challenges: charter school politics, growth to east San Jose, facility financing, strategic planning, and so much more. While he enjoyed problem-solving, Dave thrived on mentoring others. When I reached out to him, he’d say “my time is your time.” He listened, questioned, and shared parallel experiences from his career. If I was working through a particularly thorny problem, he’d say “let’s meet at Alice’s Restaurant,” located atop Skyline Blvd. And like a mountaintop magic trick, solutions, and the confidence to pursue them, would appear. 

Dave and Sheila loved being with our students and seeing them succeed. They were especially committed to removing barriers. When DCP had an opportunity to finance and build independent facilities, Dave and Sheila were lead donors to our capital campaign. When DCP created a fund to support DACA renewals for DCP staff, students and families, Dave and Sheila were the first to give. After talking with DCP engineering students about their aspirations to construct a tiny house, Dave texted me that he wanted to fund the project as soon as possible.

Earlier this year, following an intimate celebration with parents, staff and donors where hopes and dreams were shared, Dave told me that being affiliated with DCP was one of the most gratifying parts of his life. At the end of July, he texted me a news article about Latinos representing the largest group accepted to the University of California. He wrote “DCP played a part in this.” He didn’t overstate DCP’s contribution but nonetheless recognized it. Exactly what you’d expect from an engineer with a great big heart. 

David and Sheila knew that audacious goals require passion, connection, humility and persistence. In their memory and honor, we re-commit to DCP’s mission and go forward with David and Sheila in our hearts.

Jennifer Andaluz, Co-founder and Executive Director
August 17, 2020


Give to the David and Sheila Brown Memorial Fund

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You can make a direct donation online via Paypal using the button below. 

Checks can be made payable to Downtown College Prep. Please designate the gift for "David and Sheila Brown Memorial Fund" and mail to: 
Downtown College Prep 
1400 Parkmoor Ave., Suite 206  
San Jose, CA 95126 

Transfer stock, bonds or mutual funds and avoid paying gains tax on appreciated assets || Stock Donations: UBS Financial Services, DTC Clearing #0221. Downtown College Prep Account #: SJ43554. Please designate the gift for "David and Sheila Brown Memorial Fund". Lisa Carbajal 408-918-8013 50 W. San Fernando St., 8th Floor San Jose, CA 95113  || Once gift has been made please notify us:  

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