Wanda M. Brown, B.S. MBA, PhD, PhD, CCMT, CPFIM, CPT
Dr. Wanda M. Brown, is the elected Treasurer of the City of Inglewood. She has served as City Treasurer for 32 years. She is the longest serving elected officer in the history of the City. She is among the best professionally qualified Treasurers in the nation. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Cal-State University Long Beach, MBA from UCLA, and post graduate studies at UCLA. Each of her degrees has an accounting emphasis. She simultaneously earned two doctoral degrees from Ministerial Training Institute in Biblical Counseling and Church Administration. She is a California Certified Municipal Treasurer, Certified Finance Municipal Administrator, and Certified Cash Handler via the Association of Public Treasurer of the United States and Canada. Additionally, she is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Life & Disability Agent, and is a Registered Representative, licensed to sell mutual funds investments and variable contracts.
During the 32 years she has served as Inglewood, ./City Treasurer, she has greatly enhanced and renovated the Office. She has earned more than 87 Million Dollars in Gross Investment Interest Income for the City of Inglewood, its Agency and Authorities during her tenure as Treasurer. She manages portfolios in excess of $200,000,000. Has successfully invested more than $400,000,000 of municipal funds. She prepared the first comprehensive Investment Policy for the City, it Agency and Authorities, developed the first Internet Web page for the Treasurers Office, developed and prepared the guidelines for the first audit oversight committee to over see all financial affairs of all city departments.
Treasurer Brown is particularly proud of the City Treasurer Student Academy Program she developed 16 years ago. Annually, She invites students enrolled in the 8th through the 12th grades from Inglewood Schools and others to participate in the four week program. Students are taught basics about their local municipal government, tour several city departments, and are taught important financial concepts which will be useful to them throughout their lives. The students are given a full meal at the beginning of each class. Students are presented with a plaque at the conclusion of the program. Treasurer Brown also conducts getting your house in financial order workshops annually for the community, as well as free income tax preparation for seniors whose income does not exceed $50,000.
The City Council presented Treasurer Brown with two commendations for her accomplishments; as well as a City Council celebration for her 32 years of commitment and service to the City!
Prior to becoming Treasurer of Inglewood, she taught all phases of accounting with the excellent Cal-State University System where she was employed as an assistant professor of accounting. She also taught accounting courses with the outstanding UCLA extension program. Additionally, she has worked as an accountant for one of the largest national and international public accounting firms. She also provides an array of financial consulting services through her own consulting firm Management Control Systems.
She has received numerous awards, including Democrat of the year for the 51st now 62nd Assembly District. She is a Life Member of New Frontier Democratic club. She has been appointed to the State Central Committee by Congresswoman Maxine Waters. As a results of her work via her non profit organization A Different View to help former female ex-offenders, she was given an award via the California Department of Corrections for her dedicated service to Parole and Community Service.
Wanda Brown has a heart for her community. She Co-sponsored an annual Breast Cancer Awareness fund raiser for seven years. She has served as: Board member for Great Beginning for Black Babies, mentor in an Inglewood Unified School District Youth Development Program, speaks at career day and other programs at local schools, served on the Oversight Committee Member for the Inglewood School District, volunteer coordinator for Inglewood Police Department prior to becoming the elected City Treasurer, and is president and CEO of non-profit organization, A Different View, organized to help rehabilitate female ex-offenders and provide scholarship funding for college education. Lastly, Wanda is a Christian and is a member of Cottonwood Church where she served as a Life Group Leader.