Cynthia D. Brown

Public Policy, Leadership and Organizational Dev.; Racial and Social Justice; Electoral Politics; Former City Councilor of Durham, N.C.; Race, Class and Power

CYNTHIA BROWN, a native of Reidsville, North Carolina and eldest of six children received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. (1976-80) and her Masters of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNC-G), (1981-83).  She is the founder and principal consultant of The Sojourner Group, an organizational development company established in 2001, a fulltime employee of The Conservation Fund and a trainer with the DRWorks (Dismantling Racism) facilitation team. With 29 years of social justice activism, she has used training to increase grassroots community people’s capacity to build their own organizations, build effective alliances, and advocate for public policies-- laws that addresses their needs. From 1989 to 1992, Cynthia was a fellow in the W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship Program.  Her international travel to study cultural, racial, and economic justice issues included visits to Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, New Zealand, South Africa, Togo, and Zimbabwe.  Between 1995 and 2009 she continued to explore those issues during her travel to China, Cuba and Mexico.  Cynthia is a former city council woman in Durham, a 2002 U.S. Senatorial Candidate, and she co-chaired the first U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Greensboro from June 2004 to May 2006.  She serves on a number of boards, has received numerous awards, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Russell Memorial CME Church.