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Margaret Brown, Commissioner Seat 1

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Margaret Brown

City Commissioner Margaret (Peggy) Brown was elected to office in November 2016. She has been appointed by her peers on the City Commission as Director for the 2018-2019 Broward League of Cities Board of Directors.

Commissioner Brown, is the Regional Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communications in Florida, a not-for-profit agency, located in Broward County, which provides life-affirming hearing health care and audiological services, educational workshops and trainings, after school programs, case management, mental health counseling, and advocacy for the hard-of-hearing, deaf, and deaf/blind in South Florida.

Prior to joining the Center for Hearing and Communications, Commissioner Brown served as the Executive Director for the COPD Foundation, a national not-for-profit dedicated to developing and supporting programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, advocacy, early diagnosis and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Prior to the COPDF, Commissioner Brown worked for the Walgreen Company. There she held positions as Regional Market Recruiter and Regional Supervisor for Business Integration. She was responsible for the recruitment and hiring of pharmacy personnel. Formerly, employed by Nova Southeastern University, she has experience in Admissions, as well as Student Affairs and Services for the Health Professions and for the College of Pharmacy.

Commissioner Brown has chaired several prestigious college and university committees. Currently, a member of the NonProfit Executive Alliance of Broward County, the Broward Council on Aging, the Deaf Service Center Association of Florida, United Way of Broward County - Women United, and member of the Institutional Review Board for Barry University. Throughout her career, Commissioner Brown has been extensively involved with the educational, business, and healthcare communities.

Commissioner Brown is a long-time resident of Florida (since the late 1950s) and a resident of Weston since 1999. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a member of Psi Chi, and was selected as a Fellow while at Connecticut College. She later continued her studies in Psychology in the Master's program. Upon moving back to Florida in 1999, she enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. There she attained a Master's of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and continued her Doctoral work with an emphasis on Organizational Conflict.

Peggy is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and served proudly and honorably for 4 years. She is married to Eric Byron Brown, a Retired Coast Guard Commander and currently, the Assistant Director of Public Works for the Town of Palm Beach. She is the mother of Erica Anne Brown-Soto and Stephanie E. Brown. Erica is an Assistant Professor at Boston College, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and is completing her PhD. Stephanie has a Master's of Science in Law and Diplomacy and is an Ensign in the United States Navy. Her son-in-law, Odeviz Soto, is of Cuban ancestry and grew up in South Florida. Odeviz completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard and is employed there, as well. Peggy has two grandsons, Felix and Bruno.