On April 6, 2015, James Brown was appointed by Mayor Gray to fill the unexpired term of Chris Ford, who resigned to serve as the city’s Commissioner of Social Services.
A native of Lexington, KY, James is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. James’ previous employment include stints at Lexmark and GTE, before beginning a career in the automotive industry, working for 13 years at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, KY. After that, James made a career change becoming a full-time Real Estate Professional, selling both residential and commercial property for United Real Estate.
James is extremely passionate about service to neighborhoods and the local school system. For the past 5 years he served as the President of the Radcliffe – Marlboro Neighborhood Association. There he established a quarterly neighborhood newsletter, created a yard beautification project, helped initiate a Neighborhood Watch Program and managed multiple neighborhood grant projects.
He also serves as the 1st Vice President of the 16th District PTA, where he chairs the Urban Family Engagement Network. James also serves as a Parent Representative on the Site-Based Decision Making Council at Bryan Station High School. Furthermore, he has participated in the FCPS Superintendent Search Committee process and the 2015 Rezoning Committee.
In the business community, James has participated in multiple community leadership programs, such as: Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Central Kentucky (2011), BCTC’s Citizens’ Leadership Academy (2012), LEADS Committee Member (LBAR), served on the Partners for Youth Grassroots Grant Application Review Committee and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Lexington Visitors Center.
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