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Skyler Brown, ’19 | Treasurer

Class of 2019, Masters of Business Administration with International Business Certificate

Why I Serve

I grew up in California and developed an early interest in military history. It evolved into me attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and subsequently serving over nine years in the U.S. Army, including Special Forces as a Green Beret. Part of that training included foreign language and ethnic studies to better understand and operate in cultures found abroad. I attained the Persian Farsi language specialty.

In the military and beyond, I’m always interested in building successful partnerships and working collaboratively toward mutually beneficial outcomes. With my interest in economics and finance, I decided to pursue a Masters in Business Administration after leaving the military. I chose the UW for the rigorous academics and the passion and innovation exhibited by students and faculty. I was also drawn to the active ecosystem of veterans on campus. The overall quality of people at the UW makes me optimistic for our future.

For both students and alumni, it’s important to find your “room” within the university – the community where you feel at home. As a graduate student, I joined an intramural soccer league and served as a drum-enabled super-fan on the sidelines. My UW experience was a combination of learning and enjoyment. The UWAA holds its hand out to alumni and helps them find ways to remain connected. I’m thankful for the opportunity to help with that mission. Giving back is worth its weight in gold… and purple!


Skyler Brown is an investment advisor at the Seattle office of Goldman Sachs. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army and eventually became a Special Forces Green Beret with the Persian Farsi language specialty. Skyler deployed to Afghanistan and several other countries while serving. He currently sits on the boards of ACT Theatre, Pioneer Human Services, and the University of Washington Alumni Association.