COMPTON CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS
Compton City Mayor
Mayor Aja Brown made history at 31 as the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Compton. A national trailblazer, Mayor Brown’s ‘New Vision for Compton’ is a revitalization strategy centered on 12-key principles that focus on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructural growth. She was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term in June of 2017.
Mayor Brown is focused on improving outcomes through policy reform, innovation and strategic partnerships. She proudly serves the Citizens of Compton by developing and implementing public policies that facilitate guided growth through the protection of community assets.
Since taking office, Mayor Brown has launched several community initiatives and policy changes aimed at reducing crime by tackling tough issues such as gang intervention, and domestic human trafficking head on. The Mayor’s efforts to fortify the City have been instrumental in eliminating hourly motel rentals and condemning businesses that incubate human trafficking, and other illicit activity. In June 2014, Mayor Brown started Compton Empowered, a community based gang reduction and intervention initiative focused on empowering ex-gang members to take back their neighborhoods through peace treaties, unity activities and employment opportunities. The efforts of Mayor Brown and participating community members have resulted in a nearly 50% decrease in homicides from 2014 to 2015 and continues to be the leading agency of community driven safety reform throughout the City.
Mayor Brown has been successful in reducing the unemployment rate by 50 percent in Compton from 18 percent in July of 2013, to 9 percent in the month of December 2015, while successfully attracting new companies and employment to the City. The Mayor has executed policy that improves access to Compton City employment through the First Source Hiring Agreement, adopted in October 2013, which mandates 35 percent local hiring for city assisted and funded projects that often times yield neighborhood improvement.
Mayor Brown is the recipient of the esteemed 2016 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, she has received the Brave Ones Leadership Award by Leadercast in 2015 and was awarded the prestigious University of Southern California 2014 Young Alumni Merit Award. Mayor Brown served on the California State Delta Stewardship Council from late 2014 to 2016, a governing body created by legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. Mayor Brown has also led young women and girls empowerment efforts with her esteemed partnership with Girls Fly!, a global initiative geared at exposing young women and girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Mayor Brown has received a lauded number of honors, including the National Action Network Martin Luther King Award, for her youth, women’s rights and socio-economic equality work in advocacy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development, along with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California. She is married to her best friend of 14 years, Van Brown.
Compton City District 1 Council Member
Michelle Chambers was overwhelming elected with 67% of the votes casted as the Councilperson to represent District 1 in the City of Compton on June 4, 2019.
Since being sworn in, Michelle has approved contracts for street repair of more than 2.5 million, city lighting projects, illegal dumping, graffiti abatement and affordable housing developments, just to name a few. Committed to improving the employment rate in the City of Compton, Michelle is the moving force to assuring contractors hire residents with livable wages, including those returning from correctional facilities.
Michelle is in her 29th year of public service, currently the Communications/Public Affairs representative for LA County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. She is married to Todd Chambers, they have 3 sons; 2 grandchildren.
Compton City District 2 Council Member
Compton City Council member Isaac Galvan is young, energetic, and dedicated to making government work for working families. The lack of resources and effective leadership in his community was apparent to Councilman Galvan at an early age. Raised by a single mother, Isaac saw how easily young people could be caught up in a life on the streets and how few options they had.
Councilman Galvan also saw how enriching activities such as youth sports and after-school academic programs were powerful and positive resources for young people. “My mother taught me to always look at the bright side and to value hard work and discipline,” reflects Galvan. “There was such a big difference between those kids who had options. That meant they could make their hard work and discipline work pay off. They had so much more hope than those kids who didn’t have many options.”
After graduating from local schools and studying at Santa Monica College, Councilman Galvan opened his own small graphics and printing business. But, his heart was always in public service. In 2013, he became the youngest and the first Latino councilman in Compton’s 125 year history. In 2016, he also became Compton’s first Latino Mayor Pro Tem. Forming a broad and multi-ethnic coalition, councilman Galvan soon began implementing reforms and changing the way the City of Compton did business.
He helped launch redevelopment efforts that are creating thousands of new jobs by developing new housing and commercial projects, as well as refurbishing streets, parks and public facilities. As a result of those efforts, the Los Angeles times has recognized Compton as one of Los Angeles County’s hottest housing markets.
Additionally, Councilman Galvan has a forward-looking agenda for making Compton a more sustainable city. He’s leading the “Compton Solar” incentives effort. The program is aimed at reducing the electric bills for Compton residents while making Compton one of the greenest solar cities in California. Councilman Galvan recently spoke before California’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) to tout the merits of solar energy of where he stated “The program gives residents a chance to significantly reduce their monthly electric bill, help move California toward a clean energy future and most importantly help clean the air for our families”.
He’s also led an effort to step up tree trimming and add more trees to enhance the city’s urban forest and he’s helped develop a farmer’s market that offers fresh and healthy produce to families and accepts food stamps.
Councilman Galvan has also put a strong focus on bread-and-butter service delivery including stepped up efforts to remove graffiti, fill potholes and pick up trash from local streets. His efforts have also been focused on meeting essential human needs. In his first two years in office, the councilman has provided low-income residents 20,000 Christmas toys, 5,000 Easter baskets, 20,000 Thanksgiving turkeys, 10,000 backpacks including school supplies and 2,200 pairs of shoes at city schools. He has made all city-sponsored sport and organized sports free for all Compton kids and residents. He also worked with Compton natives, such as R&B rapper Kendrick Lamar, NBA All Star DeMar DeRozan, YG, and DJ Quik, and other celebrities such as MC Magic, Oscar De La Hoya and Hilary Clinton to take an active role in giving back to the City of Compton by inviting residents to special events.
Compton City District 3 Council Member
On February 2, 2016, Tana McCoy was unanimously appointed by the Mayor and City Councilmembers to represent the Great 3rd District of the City of Compton. McCoy is a long time resident of the 3rd District. She moved to Compton at the age of 12, attended Enterprise Junior High School and graduated from Compton Senior High School in 1975. Later she attended Associated Business College.
While in high school, McCoy was asked if she would like to be a student worker at Compton City Hall. Having a great interest in office skills and civics, McCoy jumped at the opportunity. As a Junior Intern at the age of 17, while still in high school, she began to help political candidates and volunteer at local community events. Volunteering and working at city hall helped to fulfill her natural ability to help others. McCoy often says, “I have always felt that helping others is my calling.”
McCoy’s love for people and her community kept her a loyal and trusted public servant and employee of the City of Compton for over 40 years. She has served in various administrative positions in the Mayor and City Council’s office, and the Compton Water Department. During her employment in the City, as the Council Liaison Officer, she became the staff person assigned to the Compton Commission on the Status of Women, a position she held for over 30 years.
She has volunteered on many service committees in City Hall, and has served as the President of the Employee Christmas Basket Committee, providing holiday dinner for needy families in the community. McCoy has also been instrumental in planning and coordinating health fairs, special events, and programs.
Upon being appointed, Councilwoman Tana McCoy commented, “I am truly honored to be appointed to serve the residents of the 3rd District. As a long time Compton resident and civil servant I understand the issues first hand as well as the opportunities. I believe I’m fully equipped for the challenge and look forward to working with the community and my colleagues to effect positive change in the great City of Compton."
On June 6, 2017, The Honorable Tana McCoy was elected to serve the citizens of Compton. She represents the City as a Trustee on the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board. She is the Chair of the Compton Creek Task Force Committee and she is the alternate representative for the League of California Cities.
Councilwoman McCoy has 3 children and 10 jewels that affectionately call her Granny.
Compton City District 4 Council Member
Emma Sharif was first elected to represent 4th District of the Compton City Council in June of 2015. The councilwoman has been a resident of Compton for many years proudly raising her children and working in the community for over 20 years. No stranger to hard work, Emma has always had a passion for education and public service. Emma demonstrated her passion for students through her time as a public-school teacher, and a Youth Development Director in Compton. Observing the need for more qualified and dedicated teachers Emma became a staunch advocate for student success and their overall well-being.
As a result of her passion and advocacy, in 2001, Emma was appointed to the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees, filling a Board vacancy. In 2003, Emma successfully ran for the full term and served as Trustee of CUSD Board of Directors for fourteen years. In her time as Trustee, Emma supported the implementation of the Plumbing Entrepreneur Program for the CUSD ROP. Emma also was instrumental in working with the Construction Management Program at Centennial High School exposing young people to construction management concepts; as well as the Solar Cup Project at Compton High School. Emma successfully championed the efforts of bringing the Emergency Repair Program (ERP) to the District. The ERP program yielded over forty million dollars to repair twenty-eight schools within the District. As Trustee Emma continued to exemplify her leadership by serving in various capacities, including President, Vice President, Clerk, and Legislative Representative.
In 2015, Emma ran a successful campaign for Compton City Council District 4. Since serving on the council, Sharif has championed many projects. As a freshman, Emma was given the task of continuing and enhancing the existing scholarship program awarding over $10,000 to the city’s scholars in most need. She has championed and supported the Collaborative Court, which was implemented at the Compton Courthouse. Emma coordinated efforts with partnering Cities to address the growing concerns of human trafficking in Compton, Long Beach, Lynwood, etc. Emma has been leading the charge to address the growing concerns of Homelessness in Compton with partnering cities and agencies. Emma coordinated the redevelopment and renovation of South Park to include: (Phase I completed 2016) renovated outdoor basketball courts, renovated youth baseball field, new playground sponsored by grant from the KaBoom Foundation, new site furnishings. (Phase II completed in 2018) new outdoor restroom, walking trail, exercise equipment stations, and security lighting.
Emma’s future vision is to make sure Kelly Park receives the same updates and renovation including: renovated baseball field, walking trail, exercise equipment stations renovated outdoor basketball court, and site furnishings. Development of the first ever District 4 Community Council to serve as advisement for all District 4 related needs. Emma’s strong community ties and independent thinking led to a strategic and systematic effort of cleaning up the city. As Councilperson for the 4th District, Emma serves on the following committees: Southern California Associations of Government (SCAG) District 26 Regional Council Representative, SCAG Energy and Environment Committee, League of California Cities on the “Governance Transparency and Labor Relations Policy” Committee, Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) Committee on Homelessness and Board of Directors on the Independent Cities Finance Authority (ICFA). Emma Sharif holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Sociology; and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Emma also holds membership with the following organizations: National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), Martin Luther King Democratic Club (MLK), New Frontier Democratic Club (NFDC), and Progressive Democratic Club. Councilwoman Emma Sharif is dedicated to addressing quality of life issues, government transparency, and equality for all residents in Compton and its neighboring cities. Councilwoman can always be found in and around the community visiting seniors, attending school events, speaking at graduations, neighborhood block parties and club meetings. Councilwoman proudly represents Compton to build relationships with other Cities and County as well as State and Federal Legislative Leaders.