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Compton Mayor Aja Brown Appointed to Council

August 2014
Aja Brown

Aja Brown, the newest member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) was appointed in August, 2014 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to replace Gloria Gray, whose term expired.

Brown currently serves as the Mayor of Compton, where she has implemented economic, social, and wellness empowerment initiatives, attracted new resources and partnerships, and established a strategic plan for guided growth.

“The Delta Stewardship Council is a unique body dedicated to ensuring the future of sustainability and viability of California,” Mayor Brown said. “As an urban planner and perpetual student of strategic growth, being entrusted by Speaker Atkins to serve the interests of Californians is an honor. As a public servant, I know firsthand the importance of deliberate and informed decision making to benefit the needs of the people we serve. Serving on the Council is an amazing opportunity to share the vision, mission and goals of the Delta Plan and bring more awareness to the critical issues that impact California’s water supply and ultimately the future sustainability and economic viability of our state.”

Brown has more than 10 years of experience working with municipalities to improve the quality of life for residents and increasing access to resources. She’s also worked on environmental sustainability issues related to brownfield redevelopment, groundwater supply, reclamation, and planning for the impact of natural population growth.

“As a practitioner, I offer a diverse perspective on water issues and the impact future Council decisions will have on urban areas and inner cities,” she said.

Brown thinks some of the greatest challenges the Council faces are a shortening water supply, the need to improve future access, and a rapidly growing population during one of the most severe droughts in California’s history. “Continuing to find innovative ways to address the drought while being sensitive to the needs of the region and the ecosystem will be a great challenge, yet presents a historic opportunity,” she said.

And regardless of the difference in viewpoints surrounding California’s water wars, she says the core values are the same. “Now is the time to put politics and special interests aside to join forces to ensure a steady, safe and sustainable supply of clean water to Californians for generations to come.”

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development and a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California.

To learn more about Council member Aja Brown, visit her bio on the DSC website, and join the Council at one of its monthly meetings.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)