CHERYL BROWN, ASSEMBLYWOMAN
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. Her key legislative priorities include economic development, small business growth, public safety and education. 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. As a community leader, 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. She also spearheads the Underground Railroad Field Study Program, an educational tour that visits historical landmarks along the Underground Railroad and retraces the steps of freedom seekers from Kentucky to Canada.