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Aja Brown Becomes First Female Mayor Of Compton
She’s young, she’s bright and she’s ambitious.
Via CBS LA reports:
Compton’s new mayor Aja Brown is making headlines, most recently in an article in fashion bible Vogue magazine, for her plans to revitalize a city plagued by corruption and debt.
The 31-year-old University of Southern California grad earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in urban planning and economic development and went on to spend 10 years serving on planning commissions for several Southland cities, including a prestigious post in Pasadena.
Four years ago, Brown became a resident of Compton and joined a local church. She founded the nonprofit foundation Urban Vision Community Development Corporation, with the goal of bringing education programs, scholarships, and small-business loans to the area. It’s all part of her vision for developing the city into a place where businesses thrive and residents feel secure.
“I think people around the world identify Compton with gangster rap. My whole life I’ve always been the underdog, so I believe that Compton is going to be a great city,” Brown said. “I envision Compton Boulevard being a bustling central business district once again: having wider sidewalks, being well-lit and having small businesses opening up.”
Mayor Brown has high hopes for the South L.A. city, a place that holds a tragic memory for her family. Years ago, her great-grandmother was brutally killed in a rape and robbery at her Compton home. The killer was never found. The incident prompted Brown’s mother to leave the city.
“I thought it would be a great way to turn my family’s negative connotation with Compton into something positive, so it was also great for me after I bought my home here to have my mom come back here and really see the changes.”
We will be following Mrs. Brown’s growth and hope she can bring change to the developing city!