Aja Brown

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Aja L. Brown
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Mayor of Compton, California
Assumed office
July 2, 2013
Preceded by Eric J. Perrodin
Personal details
Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 33)[1]
Altadena, California[1]
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Van Brown (m.2003)
Residence Compton, California
Alma mater University of Southern California[2]
Occupation Community Development Professional[2]
Website www.comptoncity.org

Aja Lena Brown (born April 17, 1982)[1] currently serves as Mayor of Compton, California. On June 4, 2013, Aja Brown made history as Compton's youngest mayor ever to be elected. She won the election by a landslide, defeating both incumbent mayor Eric J. Perrodin and former mayor Omar Bradley.[2][3]


While attending University of Southern California, she began working for the City of Gardena, California in 2004 as an Economic Development Analyst. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development. A year later in 2005, she earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development.[2]

Decrease in violence[edit]

In 2014, thirty-two-year-old Compton Mayor, Aja Brown, began reaching out to Compton Bloods and Crips gang leaders through former members to negotiate peace. She uses conflict mitigation instead of heavy policing. Since the gangs started regular meetings, violent activity was reduced by about 65 percent.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Birth date". United States. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Aja L. Brown, Mayor". Compton, California: The City of Compton, California. 2005. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  3. ^ Irina Aleksander (23 January 2015). "The Unsinkable Aja Brown". Elle. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Nick Allen (26 December 2014). "Straight into Compton: house prices soar as murderous gangs reach truce". Compton: The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Eric J. Perrodin
Mayor of Compton, California
Succeeded by