Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown was elected on November 6, 2012 to represent California's 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Grand Terrace, Bloomington, and Muscoy.
Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Brown worked for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Planning Commissioners Association.
In 1980, Brown and her husband, Hardy, founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a weekly community newspaper, Black Voice News, which focuses on local news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Browns, married for 50 years, have been recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of America. Their names were added to such historic publishers as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Carlotta Bass – all of whom overcame great obstacles to publish the truth and to give a voice to the disenfranchised.
In 2001, Brown and her husband founded California Black Media (CBM), a network of African American media owners across the state of California. CBM has served as a statewide initiative to better inform and educate the African American community about key issues that affect their lives. California Black Media consists of 22 African American newspapers across the state.
In addition to her newspaper publishing credentials, Brown's experience as a journalist includes serving as a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and appearing as a guest on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams Show and Channel 11 Fox News.
As an active community member, Brown has worked with such groups as the Inland Empire Urban League, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Kiwanis, Arrowhead United Way, YWCA, San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council and her church, the San Bernardino St. Paul A.M.E. where she serves as a trustee.
Brown's professional affiliations include the American Planning Association, California Newspapers Publishers Association, National Newspaper Publishers Association, West Coast Black Publishers Association, San Bernardino City Historical Commission, and the Planning Commissions for the City and County of San Bernardino.
Brown also spearheads local events including: Take a Cop to Lunch, Bill Pickett Rodeo, Charles Dickens' Festival and Footsteps to Freedom, the Underground Railroad Field Study Program.
Updated on December 4, 2012.