Lisa Brown stood before the African Development Educators Program in Nairobi earlier this year as their very first woman graduation speaker. As she looked over the crowd of people who came from all over the continent to learn how to solve development issues like housing, hunger, transportation, education and women’s issues, she thought about home.
“These developing countries have literally almost nothing, yet you can see things happening for them,” she said, “And I think, wow, imagine what we could do with what we have (in Leon County).”
Brown, who is running for the Leon County Commission At-Large Seat, said, “When you witness successful programs that provide a hand up, not a hand out in developing countries that have so little, you realize that we have no excuse. We have to do better.”
Leonvotes.org currently lists seven candidates for the seat currently held by Mary Ann Lindley.
Brown, a third generation Tallahassean, is President and CEO at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union and an adjunct professor at Flagler College.
She points to a reputation as a turn-around CEO, rescuing financial institutions in trouble and her time traveling the world, volunteering her time consulting with financial regulators, individual institutions, and small business owners as qualifications which uniquely qualify her to sit on the County Commission.
She has a master’s in business administration and multiple international certifications in Development Education.
During her run for the Tallahassee City Commission, which she lost to Jeremy Matlow, Brown identified economic vitality, crime, and brand as priorities. She believes improving Tallahassee’s economy will influence the crime rate. Improving the economy and crime problem will allow the city to improve its tarnished brand image.
“I am excited to bring my experience and understanding of more than just how to run a business, how to manage multi-million-dollar budgets, and the intricacies of bond ratings. I help people every day in Leon County work toward their financial dreams. I see the struggles that working families have to make ends meet and I will work tirelessly to bring training and employment opportunities to Leon County – assuring that all boats rise.”