For over three decades, Cynthia Briscoe Brown has worked publicly and behind the scenes for all our kids, devoting herself to making sure every child gets everything they need to succeed. She was elected to her first term in Seat 8, At Large of the Atlanta Board of Education in 2013 and was re-elected to the citywide post in 2017. She chairs the Board Development Committee of the Atlanta Board of Education and serves on the Policy Review Committee. An extremely active Board member at every level, Cynthia has been instrumental in the development of Dual Language Immersion classrooms, International Career Exchange opportunities, special-needs Pre-K, Social Emotional Learning initiatives, significant community partnerships, and the historic Equity Policy.
A graduate of Davidson College and Vanderbilt Law School, Cynthia uses her years of experience as an attorney to help Atlanta’s students, teachers and families. As a volunteer with Young Audiences of Atlanta, Cynthia helped developed the smART stART program, using arts experiences to improve reading skills in low-SES APS kindergarten students. Cynthia also has a long history of leadership in metro nonprofits, including the Boards of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., WABE/WPBA, Calvin Center, Inc., the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, the Committee for Teaching About the United Nations/Atlanta, the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, and the PTAs at all her children’s schools, always making connections and working across the city to build community for the benefit of all our kids.
Cynthia and her husband, James F. (Jim) Brown, Jr., are both Atlanta natives and practicing attorneys. They are active in music and service ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. They have two children, both of whom attended Atlanta Public Schools K-12.