A native Washingtonian, Tom Brown has lived in communities throughout DC, and currently calls Ward 7 home. Educated in D.C. public schools, Tom is a product of H.D. Woodson Senior High, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and attended Bellevue Area College and Hampton University.
Tom’s life of service began in the late 1980s as an assistant director of an assisted living facility which housed over 250 adults, many of whom were homeless and/or diagnosed with mental/emotional challenges. In 1999, Tom was recruited by an executive at Riggs Bank (now PNC Bank) to start an entrepreneurship program at Anacostia Senior High School. In 2002 NFTE honored Tom as teacher of the year. Tom became founding teacher and board member of KIPPDC.
Recognizing that education is just one facet of success, Tom turned his attention to the creation workforce development opportunities across the city and birthed training grounds. Training Grounds, Inc. provided under-educated and underemployed youth with the life skills necessary to obtain and sustain living wage careers.
The formation and success of Training Grounds led to Tom accepting co-chairmanship of the Ward 8 Workforce Development Council with DC Council-member Marion Barry in 2007.
Besides the commitment to his family and his faith, Tom has dedicated most of his life to serving the residents of the DC Metropolitan area through his involvement in initiatives that are designed to positively impact his community.
The negativity and the violence that we've witnessed in the last several years is historical. It's changing our world every day, and I tried to figure out what I could do ... to help out.