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Aretha R. Ferrell-Brown
Appointed as director of Neighborhood Action
May 4, 2005




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Aretha R. Ferrell-Brown
Director, Neighborhood Action

Aretha R. Ferrell-Brown has served as the Chief of Staff for the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders since June 2004. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Ferrell-Brown managed the day-to-day operations of the Deputy Mayor's office and coordinated budget development for the agencies in this cluster. She also oversaw multi-agency initiatives such as the Juvenile Unauthorized Use of Vehicles Action Plan, which aims to stop the rise in vehicle thefts by District youth by developing alternative means to reach at-risk youth.

Ms. Ferrell-Brown has more than a dozen years of professional experience at all levels of government. Prior to joining the staff of the District, Ms. Ferrell-Brown was the Assistant County Administrator for Los Alamos County, New Mexico. In this role she managed the County's Intergovernmental Program, which included coordinating the final negotiations for the San Ildefonso Pueblo Land Claim agreement between the County, the Pueblo, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For the City of Sunnyvale, California, Ms. Ferrell-Brown served as the Assistant to the City Manager, where she oversaw Sunnyvale's policy process. To better manage the e City's legislative priorities and pending legislation, she developed a legislative tracking system.

From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Ferrell-Brown worked for the City of Chicago, as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Housing Authority and Assistant Chief Information Officer for the Department of Business and Information Services. From 1995 to 1997 she served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Maryland. In this role, Ms. Ferrell-Brown administered Maryland Net Weekend, a $1.7 million initiative to connect Maryland public schools to the Internet and Logan Online, a $2.5 million project to place Internet-linked computers in the classrooms of all third-graders at a single elementary school.

Ms. Ferrell-Brown began her career in government with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1989 as an undergraduate intern and later as Graduate Fellow focusing on Soviet Military Issues. She also worked as a Management Intern in the Prince George's County Executive Office.

Ms. Ferrell-Brown is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA). In 2002, she was awarded the NFBPA Young Administrator of the Year Award (Steven D. Ford Memorial Award), which recognizes an administrator under age 35 who has demonstrated above-average commitment and success in both their profession and in the community. She currently serves as the national Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of Directors of NFBPA.

Ms. Ferrell-Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the NFBPA's Executive Leadership Institute and Mentor Program as well as the City of Chicago's Intergovernmental Executive Development Program conducted by Harold Washington College. Ms. Ferrell-Brown resides with her family in Ward 6.

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