…while working in Compton’s City Hall, she became frustrated by a “clear and distinct bottleneck at the top” and how “political influences favor certain projects over others.” She was intent on finding a fresh voice to run for mayor. Everyone she approached pointed the finger back at her.
“So I kind of said, ‘Why not?’” Brown recalls. “I’m a daring person, and I’m willing to take a lot of risks. I thought, ‘Well, if not me, then who?’”
At 31, Brown fits squarely into the stereotype of a scrappy Millennial eager to put her idealism and education to good use. In some ways, she’s akin to the much talked-about young transplants who would rather take an active role in the revitalization of Detroit or New Orleans than tough it out in expensive cities like New York or Washington, D.C. Because of a lagging economy and a penchant for community service, young people, Brown says, want “to go someplace and be established, to actually purchase an affordable home, and really put the time and effort needed to build their own community and their own sense of place.”