Charles County Names First Chief Equity Officer

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Charles County Chief Equity Officer Charmaine Brown

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton today announced the appointment of Charmaine Brown as Chief Equity Officer. The Board of Commissioners established this position to develop innovative and effective strategies for achieving racial equity in Charles County Government.

As Chief Equity Officer, Brown will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a strategic framework that ensures diversity, inclusion, and equity in programming and service delivery throughout Charles County Government. She will collaborate with County leaders and partner agencies to evaluate policy decisions, review services, and analyze budgets to ensure racially equitable outcomes and fair access to opportunities for all who work for, or reside in, Charles County.

Brown has more than 20 years of experience in housing and financial services, where she has served as a leader in business development, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and community relations.

“I am excited to welcome Charmaine Brown to our executive leadership team. She brings a wealth of experience and valuable perspective to important issues regarding race and equity, both locally and nationally,” County Administrator Belton said. “We look forward to working with her to help our government make meaningful changes that improve equity in our community.”

“As a longtime resident of Charles County, I embrace our County’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI),” stated Brown. “It is indeed an honor to have the opportunity to work under the distinguished leadership of Mark Belton, alongside the Executive Leadership Team and County Commissioners. Together we will create a DEI plan that reflects our collective strength in diversity, fairness in equity, and innovation borne out of authentic inclusion.”

According to a County press release:

[Brown] has served in many national leadership roles to advance diversity and inclusion for women and minorities; and was featured in mReport Magazine as one of the Top 25 Leaders and Influencers in the mortgage industry, which recognizes individuals who are guiding by example and thinking outside the box in ways that are shaping the industry’s path forward.

Charmaine Brown is recognized as a diversity and inclusion thought leader, innovator, and advocate. For the last decade, Brown led Fannie Mae’s Diversity and Inclusion Outreach in its Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, where she was responsible for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion external engagement and outreach strategies for the enterprise. Before joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, she developed and implemented strategic initiatives for multicultural and underserved markets as part of Fannie Mae’s Housing and Community Development Division and Single-Family Mortgage Business.

Brown holds a Master of Arts in Communications from The Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she has completed the Diversity Management Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is also certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.

Visit the Charles County website for more information.

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