SUBMITTED BY KATY BROWN
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Pro Tem, Katy Brown, is focusing on her record of championing open space, public safety, and financial stability in her bid for Mayor of Cherry Hills Village. Having more than 14 years of volunteer service to Cherry Hills Village, including 10 years as a City Council member, Brown brings a depth of knowledge and perspective to the position. But most importantly, she brings leadership and results. “I am very proud of the work I have done on Council over the last decade, listening to the community, building consensus, and advancing critical projects that had been stalled for years. We need consistency and leadership as we embark upon our updated Master Plan.” Brown believes that the next Council will need to tackle projects such as opening Quincy Farm, enhancing public and school safety, addressing traffic concerns, undergrounding utilities, and improving cell service, all of which will require strategic use of our tax-payer dollars. Brown is the only Mayoral candidate who demonstrated the leadership necessary to deliver similar large projects on-time, under-budget and without raising taxes. Cherry Hills Village Council members, the chairs of CHV boards and commissions, and many CHV commissioners have endorsed Brown in recognition of the value she brings to city leadership.
Mayor Pro Tem Brown is the proven champion for parks, trails, and open space. She began her service to Cherry Hills Village on the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission where, as chair, she led the effort to develop the City’s first master plan specifically for parks, trails, and open space. She served on the initial Quincy Farm Visioning Committee in 2012 which set the direction for the future of Quincy Farm, and she has fought for that vision ever since. Last year, Brown successfully led the effort to save Quincy Farm as a public treasure and to partner with the Cherry Hills Land Preserve on promoting the Farm as a public natural space.
In addition to serving on city committees, Brown has also represented Cherry Hills Village in the broader community as the Vice-Chair of the Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable, the CHV delegate to the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee, and the CHV delegate to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She is a respected member of the regional civic community and an esteemed representative of Cherry Hills Village.
Brown is a strong advocate for education and has been very involved in the Cherry Creek School District. She is a graduate of Leadership Cherry Creek, a member of the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network, and a dedicated parent volunteer serving on the Cherry Hills Village Elementary PTCO, West Middle School PTCO, and currently on the Cherry Creek High School PTCO. Last fall, she answered the call from Cherry Creek School District to become a substitute teacher to help with the teacher shortage and to ensure that our kids could stay in school.
Mayor Pro Tem Brown has a proven track record of community leadership with over 80 collective years of volunteer board service. Beyond Cherry Hills Village, her volunteer service extends to many organizations including the Arapahoe County Citizens Budget Committee, the ACE Scholarships Board of Advisors, the Denver Ballet Guild, the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary, the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees, National Charity League, the MIT Club of Colorado, the MIT Alumni Association, the Junior League of Denver, the Junior League of Denver Foundation, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee. She has won numerous awards from these organizations for her outstanding service such as MIT’s Presidential Citation and Denver Area Panhellenic’s Alumnae Achievement and Woman of the Year awards.
A 27-year resident of Colorado and an 18-year resident of Cherry Hills Village, Brown moved to the Denver area from Cambridge, MA after earning two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is married to fellow MIT alumnus, Brian Brown. They have two children who attend Cherry Creek schools.
Professionally, Brown owned a boutique web development company specializing in the tourism industry for many years before purchasing an escape room in downtown Denver. In 2011 she was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” business leader. Her experiences running a business and working with government entities have been invaluable assets in her service to Cherry Hills Village.
As a high-tech entrepreneur, mother, and community leader, Brown brings diverse skills and leadership to City Council. “Cherry Hills Village has been a wonderful place to raise a family for generations. I am grateful for the privilege of raising my family here.” said Brown. “And through thoughtful stewardship, I am dedicated to preserving this place that my children will always think of as ‘home.’”
For more information, visit http://www.katybrown.com