As a native of Michigan, Anne learned the value of hard work and dedication to community service though her parents. Growing up in a working class community, her interest in public policy began at the kitchen table as her parents taught the importance of public service and equal justice. Anne continued with an interest throughout high school where she volunteered to work on the William G. Milliken campaign for Governor.
After finishing college, Anne worked for Parke Davis and continued volunteering for local and state political and issue campaigns. In the late 1980’s her interest in Maternal Child Health led to a position with the Detroit Wayne County Infant Health Promotion Coalition where she served as a Program Assistant working to reduce the infant mortality rate for African American Babies. This work included teaching health education at Detroit Northern High School.
In 1991, Anne began a career with the City of Detroit as Assistant to the Executive Director for Detroit Primary Care Network and in 1995, became the Executive Director(ED). During her tenure as ED, Anne secured the largest private foundation grant in the organizations history. This funding allowed the organization to expand programmatically to include serving homeless, runaway and street involved youth as well as adopting a legislative platform for improving minority health.
In 2003, Anne became the Education and Health Policy Consultant for a local campaign in the Michigan 54th House District. This work included assisting in the creation of the Faith and Community Coalition Outreach Initiative, a voter education project targeting low income and minority voters. This work led to her participation in the Harvard School of Divinity Leadership Program in Economic Development. Her role in the district was expanded and she served as District Manager for both former Senator Alma Wheeler Smith and State Representative David E. Rutledge.
Anne’s work promoting social justice was recognized in 2006 when she was selected to participate in a case study group in Detroit formed by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit organizations. The study looked at how nonprofit organizations could address systemic problems through social change work. As part of this work, Anne became a founding member of the Detroit Building Movement Project and the Akida Network. The organizations became national models and created a tool kit for social and service agencies wanting to integrate social change practices. The tools support constituents, clients, members, staff, and boards in their work to provide services needed to survive and nurture the voice and power of residents.
That same year, Anne was recognized as the Washtenaw County Democratic Volunteer of the Year and in 2011, received The Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Award in recognition of her leadership in progressive political activism. A former presenter with the White House Project, Anne is committed to advancing women’s leadership in public service at the local, state and national level. She is a former Eureka Communities and W.K. Kellogg Fellow and earned the W.K Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Award for commitment to improving the quality of life for youth.
Anne Brown currently serves on City Council for the City of Ypsilanti, representing Ward 2, and previously represented the City of Ypsilanti as Chair of the City Parks and Recreation Commission.
Anne is married and has two adult children.