Charting New Waters


Chad Brown

October 15, 2015

Marstel-Day hosted Navy veteran Chad Brown for a talk called “Charting New Waters,” about his experience using fly-fishing to help heal both veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and troubled urban youth, and the unique psychologically healing qualities of being in nature. The event, held October 15th, 2015, at the firm’s Fredericksburg, VA office, was part of the firm’s #StandWithWildlife series.

After a decorated Navy career, Brown coped with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by discovering his creative voice and designing award-winning advertising campaigns, even earning the prestigious American Association of Advertising Award.

But it was Brown’s discovery of fly-fishing and spending quality time in nature that brought him solace from PTSD. As a result, he founded the non-profit organization Soul River Inc., which brings inner city youth and military veterans to the river together for fly-fishing – and home to themselves and their communities – as inspired ambassadors of nature.

Brown has collaborated with the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the US Fish and Wildlife and key city leaders and organizations about diversity, conservation and building collaborative relationships between non-profit and for-profit businesses. Brown also sits on the board of Healing Hurt People, Boy Scouts of America and the National Wildlife Refuge, and advocates for nature as therapy in state houses and to federal officials in Washington D.C. Soul River Inc. receives part of its funding from Brown’s for-profit apparel business, Soul River Runs Deep, Portland’s first outdoor lifestyle apparel brand inspired by fly fishing.