SENIOR DIRECTOR OF IMPACT + COMMUNICATIONS
Aja Brown leads FORWARD’s efforts related to strategic marketing, messaging, partner engagement, and policy objectives. Aja has led strategic planning, development, and rebranding efforts over her 19-year career in community and economic development, most recently serving as mayor of the city of Compton (2013-2021). She successfully developed and implemented a 12-point Strategic (Vision) Plan for reinvestment, community development, empowerment, and cultural transformation, which resulted in record levels of reinvestment, job creation, and catalytic community development.
Aja led people-centered transformation throughout her service, launching and implementing catalytic strategies to reduce violence and spearheaded one of the largest Guaranteed Basic Income pilots in the country. She has led and influenced several successful political and policy-driving campaigns and now offers her expertise and experience to expand FORWARD’s footprint in the marketplace.