Our Founder

Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D.

MAMI Interpreters’ Founder


Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D., is founder and former executive director of MAMI Interpreters. Originally known as the Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters of Central New York (MAMI), the independent, not-for-profit, civil rights interpreting and translation organization is dedicated to ensuring equal access to health care, legal and social services for speakers of limited English by providing professional language services, translations and cultural aid.

Dr. Brown has been a Russian interpreter and medical interpreting instructor. She is an ATA-accredited translator for Russian to English and a licensed trainer for Bridging the Gap. Before founding MAMI in 1998, she worked as a translation coordinator for a NY law firm that wrote legislation for the Former Soviet Republics. She taught Comparative Literature at Hamilton College 1994-1995 and was later a Scholar-In-Residence there. She holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2008, she was recognized as Outstanding Woman of the Year by the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley in Utica, NY and received the Diversity Achievers Award from the Syracuse, NY YWCA. In 2010, she received the Kathryn Davis Fellowship  to study in the Middlebury College Russian Graduate language school. The members of Inttranet, an international network of professional interpreters and translators, elected Dr. Brown as their Linguist of the Year for 2010 for her “Interpreting for Peace” initiative. Brown earned the credential Associate Health Care Interpreter from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters in January 2011.

Dr. Brown has co-authored an extended, 150-hour medical interpreting curriculum which has already be piloted by MAMI. She partnered with the University of Minnesota on this project.