Aja Brown made history at the age of 31 when she was elected the youngest mayor in the City of Compton. Her hands-on approach to governance has garnered national recognition and a home in the hearts of change-makers across the globe. A local and national trailblazer, Aja Brown’s ‘New Vision for Compton’ 12-point revitalization strategy has guided improvements in quality of life, economic development, infrastructural growth, policy reform, and strategic partnerships.
As a millennial Mayor, Aja Brown has restored hope and confidence in the City of Compton and attracted several Fortune 500 companies and notables like Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and the Williams Sister to reinvest in the social fabric of the city in a major way. Her rebranding efforts have transformed Compton’s negative historical narrative and given residents and the world a fresh perspective on the realities and resilience of their great city. Her work with President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative has afforded youth leadership development that afforded them the opportunity to travel from Compton to the Roosevelt Room of the White House and across the country.
Aja Brown has not only used her platform and years of experience as an urban planner to develop new policy and guided growth but to empower her community to take part in its own exciting transformation. Over the past 5 years, Aja Brown has worked with the business sector to reduce unemployment by more than 60% and implemented a local hiring ordinance. She has worked with gang members that resulted in a 25-year record low of homicides in 2015 and eliminated hourly motel rentals resulting in the closure of businesses that incubated human trafficking.
Mayor Brown is the recipient of the 2016 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and was awarded the prestigious University of Southern California 2014 Young Alumni Merit Award. 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 and is married to her best friend of 18 years, Van Brown.