tom brown, Chair-Elect (2023-2024)
Tom is part owner of eCaptions, a San Diego based captioning agency. Prior to entering the captioning industry, Tom was a software developer, specializing in the medical instruments. He has a BA in Economics as well as an MBA.
Once ensconced in the world of captioning, Tom quickly realized there was much to do to raise awareness and improve accessibility throughout society, as well as to increase the respect for and visibility of captioners. Tom was a founding member and the chair of Language Access Professionals Association (LAPA), a lobbying group that fought to keep ASL interpreters’ and captioners’ right to work as independent contractors in the state of California. As a member of the CCRA CART/Captioning Committee, Tom spearheaded the ongoing effort to raise the stature of captioners within the organization to that of full-fledged members, equal in every respect to court reporters. He is currently leading the effort to develop the Guide to Captioning, an informative and educational guideline for the standards organization ASTM International. Additionally, he is a moderator of the Captioners group forum, hosted on Groups.io.
His professional memberships include:
• National Court Reporters Association
• National Verbatim Reporters Association
• California Court Reporters Association
• CCRA Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee member