Cassandra Brown is a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law graduate, aspiring to become a civil rights attorney while continuing to be involved in election and public health law. Ms. Brown has a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration. Her goal is to combine her life experiences, public health knowledge, and her law degree to help combat minority health disparities, fair and equal access to the ballots for everyone, and advocate for civil rights in communities that lack access and means to effective legal representation.
Her other interest areas include reducing mass incarceration, environmental racism, and fighting police brutality. She also takes advantage of every opportunity to help in the fight to reform the Jim Crow-error criminal justice system under which we are still bound. She currently serves on several organizational boards, including Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, National Lawyers Guild Central Florida Chapter, Lake County Voices of Reason, and Healing Through the Sound of Music, which further her focus on improving her community. Ms. Brown served as the President of the ACLU Central Florida chapter, covering Orange, Osceola, Lake, and Seminole counties. She is a founding member of Pathways, a racial healing organization of Lake County. She participated in the 2020 Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice series with a talk, The Injustices of America’s Criminal Justice System. Cassandra serves as a fellow with NAACP Florida’s Legal Redress Committee and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She is the 2022 recipient of Community Service Awards from Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee of Lake and Sumter Counties and Lake County Democratic Black Caucus.
Cassandra co-founded a grassroots civic engagement initiative, “All About the Ballots” geared toward increasing voter participation and overall civic engagement in the Black Communities. The goal is to educate, empower and engage the Black community on the power of the vote and the importance of local civic engagement. Keeping in line with this work, she also chairs the Lake County table of the Black Women’s Roundtable under the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation. On November 6, 2018, Ms. Brown ran unopposed and was elected to a four-year term on the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board as Supervisor seat 3, a non-partisan office making her the only Black elected official at the county level. Cassandra utilized this opportunity to once again affect change in Communities of Color by raising awareness around local food deserts, and community gardens, and engaging youth in environmental sustainability. She also served on the Affordable Housing Committee of Lake County for two years. While employed for 6 years with Lake County Schools as a substitute teacher, she served Title One public school populations where most students come from underserved poor communities of color. She has four exceptional children of her own who you will usually find right by her side as she gives back to her community; two of which are Bennett Belles, currently attending Bennett College, an HBCU in NC.
As an advocate of social justice and civic engagement, Ms. Brown strongly believes in creating a space for community activism with a deliberate focus on increasing awareness around the power of Black communities and churches, the Black dollar, and sounding their collective voices through voting.