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C. Sylvia Brown

C. Sylvia Brown grew up in rural King William County, Virginia and attended school in Middlesex County.  She graduated valedictorian of her high school class and went on to Howard University to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. Later, she matriculated at Indiana University and received a Master of Science Degree in Health Education. 

Sylvia’s career pattern has been divided between education and business.  She taught middle school in Red Bank, New Jersey and in Hyde Park, New York.  Locally, she taught at Baltimore City Community College and for five years she was assistant director of Admissions and Registration.  On the business side, Sylvia worked for thirteen years in property development and management of the Brown family’s real estate in Baltimore City.

Sylvia has volunteered all of her adult life in community activities.  She is currently a volunteer at the Women’s Network of the Enterprise Foundation and mentors at an elementary school in Baltimore City.  Sylvia is on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute’s Community Collaborating Committee.  Sylvia is also on the board of Arts Every Day and the SEED School of Maryland.  In 2002, Sylvia was the Chairperson of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center/Maryland Public Television Women’s Healthcare Conference. 

In early 2002, the Brown family announced the creation of the Turning the Corner Achievement Program (TCAP), an unprecedented education initiative for African-American middle school students in Baltimore.

Sylvia enjoys traveling, cycling and golf.  One of her biggest joys is spending time with her grandsons.

Sylvia and her husband joined the Woodrow Wilson National Cabinet as Founding Members in March 2012. As a member of the cabinet, Sylvia serves on the Fellowship Committee.