Dr. Lee P. Brown
General Partner, LibertyOne Financial Solutions, LP
Chairman and CEO of Brown Group International, Inc.
Former Drug Czar and Member of the President's Cabinet
Former New York City Police Commissioner
Former Mayor and Police Chief of Houston, Texas
Former Public Safety Commissioner of Atlanta, Georgia
Former University Professor and Scholar
In 1978, Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Maynard Jackson selected Lee Brown to serve as Commissioner of Public Safety for Atlanta. He was responsible for the City's Police, Fire, Corrections, and Civil Defense Departments.
Following the Atlanta Commissioner position, Dr. Brown was selected by Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire to serve as Houston's Police Chief. While in Houston, Dr. Brown pioneered the concept of community policing.
In 1990, Dr. Brown implemented his community policing initiative to help reduce crime in New York City when Mayor David Dinkins selected Brown to serve as city Police Commissioner.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton tapped Brown to serve in his Cabinet as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar). Dr. Brown changed the nation's drug control strategy by placing a greater emphasis on reducing the demand for illicit drugs.
In 1997, Brown was elected Mayor of Houston, Texas, and then re-elected for two additional terms. During his administration, the City opened three new sports venues, built the City's first convention center hotel, built the City's first light rail system, oversaw a $2.9 billion airport improvement program, built a new water treatment plant and expanded the public library system, police and fire stations and city parks. Mayor Brown also took his concept of community policing and applied it to all City departments under an innovative concept that he titled Neighborhood Oriented Government.
Dr. Brown also has a distinguished career as an academician. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Fresno State University, a master's degree in sociology from San Jose State University, and both a master's and doctorate in criminology from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a part-time professor at San Jose State University, Professor and Department Chairman at Portland State University, Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research at Howard University, Research Fellow at Harvard University, University Professor at Texas Southern University, Professor of Sociology and the first Senior Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and most recently, a Visiting Scholar in the School of Social Sciences at Rice University.
Dr. Brown has been awarded six honorary doctor's degrees from American universities and six visiting professorships from universities in the People's Republic of China. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including Father of the Year and most recently, Alumnus of the Year by the University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Cartier Pasha Award and has been inducted into both the Gallup and Black Public Administrators Halls of Fame. Dr. Brown was also elected President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors.
Currently, Dr. Brown is a General Partner in LibertyOne Financial Solutions LP, a technology company and the developer of the "patent pending" LibertyOne Card Program. Mr. Brown is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Group International, a full-service Government consulting firm, and Chairman of the Board of Unity National Bank, both headquartered in Houston, Texas.