Dr. Cleopatra Brown has been a resident of Brownsville for over 40 years. After graduating from Clara Barton H.S., she enlisted in the U.S. Navy were she proudly served her country for six years.
After retiring from military service, Dr. Brown served her community working with Wells Fargo Security in a homeless shelter in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn. She has also worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, becoming its youngest supervisor. Dr. Brown later had a career with the U.S. Postal Service.
After just two months of volunteering as a tutor at the Brownsville Heritage House Afterschool Program, Dr. Brown was appointed Program Director. She also became a member of Community School Board 23 and ensured that I.S. 392 became the first Gifted & Talented JHS in Brownsville.
Dr. Brown’s dedication to community service and her compassion for helping others stretches beyond Brownsville. As a member of St. Paul, City of Light Ministry, she spearheaded the Community Outreach Ministry, giving back-to-school supplies to area children. For nine years, she was Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center.
When Dr. Brown answered the calling placed on her life from God, she pursued her educational career at Community Bible Institute & Seminary and travelled as a missionary to Africa, India, and Trinidad, conducting seminars and workshops and teaching biblical principles. In 2008, she was ordained as a Minister and continues to serve the poor and those in need.
Retiring after 30 years of government service, Dr. Brown has returned to the workforce, serving families and single women in homeless shelters and running her own childcare and tutoring service business.
In 2015, Dr. Brown received her Doctorate in Christian Education. She is the author of a book entitled, Called to Teach All Nations. She is the proud mother of two daughters, and the grandmother to one grandson.