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Councilwoman Janice Hahn is pleased to announce that Eric Brown, a former deputy mayor in the administration of Mayor Jim Hahn, has joined her office as deputy chief of staff. Brown will lead the Councilwoman’s efforts to improve educational opportunities, enhance economic development and work with faith-based organizations, in addition to assisting the Councilwoman’s city-wide initiatives.
“I have known Eric for many years and am excited he has decided to join my staff,” said Councilwoman Hahn. “Eric brings more than 16 years of experience working with government agencies to make Los Angeles a better place. My constituents will benefit from his ability to build broad-based coalitions that work together to increase economic opportunities.”
“Councilwoman Hahn has an aggressive agenda to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Harbor Area and South L.A.,” said Brown. “I look forward to working with her constituents to ensure needed economic development projects such as Imani Fe, the Lanzit Industrial Project and the Wattstar Theatre and Education Center improve and strengthen the Watts community.”
As deputy mayor, Brown was a senior advisor to Mayor Hahn on the city budget and oversaw and managed the budget for 12 City departments/general managers: Aging, Children Youth and their Families; Community Development; Convention Center; Convention and Visitors Bureau (LA Inc.); Cultural Affairs; Disability; General Services; Human Relations; Library; Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena; Recreation and Parks; and Status of Women.
Brown started The Brown Group, a strategic consulting firm, after leaving the office of Mayor Hahn. The Brown Group’s flexible, collaborative approach analyzed housing and economic development issues in the greater Los Angeles area. Clients included progressive organizations such as:
• Grant AME Community Development Corporation Affordable Housing Development;
• The Bedford Group (affordable housing developers); and
• The Canaan Group (a faith-based, non-profit community development corporation affiliated with Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles).