Brett currently is the Chief Executive Officer for The Crossnore School. Before Crossnore he worked as a child advocate at the Council for Children’s Rights. Brett began his career in advocacy work as a Guardian ad Litem, handling dozens of physical and sexual abuse cases. He later went to work with Guardian ad Litem in Greenville, SC as the assistant director, where he trained and supervised 165 guardians and eight volunteer attorneys. When he began working with the Council for Children (now the Council for Children’s Rights) in 2000, he advocated for children on a wide range of issues, including special education, abuse/neglect, mental health, healthcare, and other areas of civil legal representation. He became the Executive Director of the Council for Children’s Rights in 2005 and has worked to build the organization to where it is today - a comprehensive continuum of legal representation and advocacy services for children in Mecklenburg County. The Council for Children’s Rights staff now includes 15 staff attorneys, 16 professional staff, and over 300 volunteers, all working for children. In 2009, Brett helped launch the Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures, an initiative of the Council for Children’s Rights, focused on making lasting, system-wide change for children in Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. With this new, broader focus, Brett sits on several boards and committees across the state all working to improve the livelihood of North Carolina’s children. And, he leads the Council for Children’s Rights in their committed mission to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy, and educated.
B.A. in sociology and political science from Furman University and J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.