Mayor Aja Brown is an experienced community development professional with over 10 years of experience working in urban communities.
Mayor Brown has dedicated her career to initiating change in disadvantaged communities. She is a strategic visionary focused on progress and has built a legacy of developing and implementing public policies to facilitate guided growth and protect community assets.
Throughout her career, she has fought for transparency, collaboration and community involvement. She has developed community empowerment boards, business-to-business collaboratives, and employment development programs. Mayor Brown has also created policies that ensure residents are included into every aspect of the development process, as a result of public investment into private projects.
In 2007, Mayor Brown worked with the City of Compton’s Community Redevelopment Agency as a Redevelopment Project Manager. Mayor Brown was responsible for creating community benefits legislation, initiating community-led downtown revitalization action committees, overseeing the Agency’s urban planning and economic development initiatives, and leading the re-branding and marketing efforts of the community redevelopment agency. Mayor Brown also created and implemented Compton’s Apprentice Program designed to create jobs for local residents on city-funded or assisted capital improvement projects.
On June 4, 2013, Mayor Brown made history in Compton as the youngest Mayor the city has ever elected.
Mayor Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California (2005).
Mayor Brown is married to her best friend of 13 years, Van Brown, a Petrochemical Safety Manager and Co-Youth Director of Faith Inspirational M.B.C located in Compton, CA.
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