I found an organization that fulfills my retirement years. I can give back some of the knowledge that I have attained through years of intensive job training and representation. The Village Project, Inc. (TVPI) is the epitome of a confraternity.
My Father, Samuel Brown moved his family to Seaside in 1958, a military transplant. I attended local public schools from Noche Buena elementary school to Fremont Jr. High School to Seaside High (Class of 1968) to Monterey Peninsula College (Class of 1970). I continued my education at San Jose State University. In 1971, I began working as an Emergency 911 Call Taker, with the City of San Jose, while attending SJSU. I was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1972, as a Police Officer and spent 32 years with the department gaining valuable life lessons, as well as Leadership skills. I worked several assignments that added to my skill set. Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Juvenile Missing Persons Detective, Vice Detective, Recruiter/Background Investigations, promoted to Sergeant and worked as Internal Affairs Investigator, Supervisor of Police Activities League (PAL), Patrol Supervisor, Fraud Unit (Elderly Financial Abuse) Supervisor, Youth Protection Team Supervisor, Airport Police Supervisor and assigned by the Chief’s Office as Special Assistant to the Chief (Liaison to the African-American Community).
Currently, I am the elected, Area 1 Trustee for Monterey Peninsula College, serving my second term. I am a 2012 graduate of, “Leadership Monterey Peninsula (LMP)” and since 2015 serve on their Executive Board.
My reason for involvement with TVPI. is youth development. I have three beautiful adult daughters and five grandchildren. All attended or attending public schools. There are thousands of youth on this Peninsula. They need more direction and leadership skills. TVPI can be the hands and minds that help mold their future. TVPI provides hope for the future in the form of social change, interpersonal skills and family values. That is how you mold the future of Monterey County and I want to be part of the transition team.