Jason (Jay) Brown has been named chief executive officer of Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC), effective Jan. 5, 2019. He succeeds Joanne Nattrass who retired last month after leading CCC for 12 years.

Brown has been employed at CCC since 2010 as the director of the Office of Justice and Peace and most recently as director of Housing Services.

Prior to coming to Richmond, Brown worked at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington coordinating outreach to parishes.

A member of St. Ann Parish, Ashland, Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Villanova and a master’s in theological studies from Washington Theological Union.

In a prepared statement, Brown said, “It is humbling to be chosen to serve Commonwealth Catholic Charites and the diocese in this new capacity. I am truly excited to continue to work with such talented colleagues here at CCC as we seek out and serve the most vulnerable members of our communities. My hope is that we remain an instrument of God’s mercy and hospitality as we continue to be a statewide leader in the provision of professional social services to all people, regardless of faith.”