Office of Mayor Alvin Brown

Mayor Alvin Brown
On May 17, 2011 Jacksonville voters chose Alvin Brown to lead the city. He assumed office July 1, 2011. Brown ran on his vision of “taking Jacksonville to the next level” through job creation, Downtown revitalization, and making education and public safety top priorities.

Prior to the election, Brown served as an Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University’s Davis School of Business. He is the past president and CEO of the Willie Gary Classic Foundation, an organization that helps provide scholarships for historically black colleges.

Brown served as the executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund. He was responsible for overseeing the distribution of more than $20 million to houses of worship throughout the Gulf Coast so that they could begin rebuilding after the disaster resulting from hurricane Katrina. Brown successfully set policy and procedures that enabled more than 1,100 houses of worship to apply for funding by the closing date of July 31, 2006.

Brown also served as chairman of the board of the National Black MBA Association. As chairman of an organization representing more than 100,000 MBA graduates, Brown encouraged young people to pursue higher education and to develop their leadership potential by greatly enhancing the scholarship program of the organization. Brown engaged in significant fundraising that positioned the organization as a premier group in the world of education and business leadership. He fostered relationships with colleges, business schools and with corporations that recognize the value of a diversified portfolio. He has been a champion of restoring public confidence in corporate America and, in the wake of numerous corporate scandals, called on business schools throughout the country to mandate ethics in their curriculum.

In Washington, D.C., Alvin Brown served as a senior member of the Clinton-Gore Administration beginning in 1993. As Vice President Al Gore’s senior advisor for Urban Policy and vice chair of the White House Community Empowerment Board, Brown advised both the vice president and President Clinton on a wide range of domestic issues, including community revitalization, job creation, new business development and expansion of the supply of affordable housing.

Brown led the Clinton-Gore Administration’s $4 billion overall community empowerment initiatives, with a special emphasis on the Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community program which included the new market tax credit initiatives. The highly successful programs helped revitalize economically impoverished urban and rural communities and generated unprecedented levels of public-private partnerships resulting in more than $10 billion in private investments to the designated communities.

Brown was also co-chair of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities focusing on urban sprawl and smart growth prior to his work at the White House. He held a number of key positions within the administration, including senior advisor to the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and senior advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. While at HUD, Brown was responsible for overseeing the Department’s $100 million disaster recovery initiatives, which included leading an overhaul of the Department’s disaster response effort. Brown first came to Washington, D.C. to work as an intern for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) while Nelson was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. He then served on the Clinton-Gore transition team.

While Brown has spent many years in government service, he also has an extensive background in the private and non-profit sectors.

Brown graduated from Jacksonville University where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He also completed postgraduate work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received an honorary doctorate from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville.

Brown is the recipient of the Frederick Douglass Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Excellence in Community Service Award from 100 Black Men of America, the distinguished Award for Government Services from the National Baptist Convention, and the Chairman’s Award from the Congressional Black Caucus. In addition, the National Black MBA Association honored Brown with the prestigious H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award.

Brown and his wife Santhea have two sons, Joshua and Jordan.
 




Contact the Mayor's Office

Mailing address

Mayor's Office
City Hall at St. James Building
117 W. Duval St.  Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL  32202

Phone

(904) 630-1776

Email

mayorbrown@coj.net  

Social Media
Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterSee us on FlickrWatch us on YouTube

Sign-up for the Mayor's email list here

Scheduling Requests for Mayor Brown 

Please note that under Florida's very broad public records law, e-mail communications to and from city officials are subject to public disclosure. 




Media inquiries for the Mayor's Office and the City of Jacksonville should be directed to the City's Public Affairs Office. The Public Affairs Office is overseen by the Director of Communications and is responsible for representing and coordinating media inquiries with City departments, offices and agencies.

For media inquiries in the following areas, please reach out to the corresponding city employee:

Mayor's Office, Budget and Finance

David DeCamp, Director of Communications
(904) 630-1938 | DDeCamp@coj.net

Neighborhoods Department

Aleizha Batson, Deputy Director of Communications
(904) 630-1871 | AleizhaB@coj.net

Public Accountability and Media Public Records Requests

Alexis Lambert, Office of Public Accountability
(904) 630-2518 | AlexisL@coj.net 
More information on Public Records Requests

Office of Economic Development, Planning and Development

Kristen Sell, Public Communications Officer
(904) 630-1092 | KSell@coj.net

Public Works, Boards & Commissions

Debbie Delgado, Public Communications Officer
(904) 630-3404 | Delgado@coj.net

Education, Intra-Governmental Services, Employee Services

Lauren Bankert, Public Communications Officer
(904) 630-3463 | LBankert@coj.net

Military Affairs, Information Technologies, Emergency Preparedness

James Croft, Public Communications Officer
(904) 630-7902 | CroftJ@coj.net

Parks and Recreation

Pam Roman, Community Relations Manager
(904) 255-7902 | PWilson@coj.net

Jacksonville Public Library

Kathy Lussier, Jacksonville Public Library
(904) 630-7595 | KLussier@coj.net 
 


For scheduling requests

Diana Donovan, Scheduling Director
(904) 630-4997 | DDonovan@coj.net 

Online Event Request Form





Public Meetings | Retirement Reform Task Force | Police & Fire Employees | General Employees

City of JacksonvilleMayor Alvin Brown is committed to retirement reform that provides for a sustainable and fair solution for both city employees and hard working taxpayers. On this page, you can find information on the efforts the city has made with public safety, general employees and community stakeholders to find a solution to this important issue in our community.

Public Meetings Between City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund

The City of Jacksonville (COJ) and the Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF) held public meeetings in the sunshine to discuss retirement issues. The meetings were moderated by former State Attorney Rod Smith. All meetings between the parties were noticed to the public in advance, and open for the public to attend.

In order to ensure that all members of the public have access, the discussions have been recorded. Meeting videos and written transcripts will be placed on this City web page below.

After nearly three weeks of public negotiations at City Hall, a comprehensive agreement was reached between the City and the Police and Fire Pension Fund that addresses each of the major areas of concern that City Council identified during the debate over last year’s agreement, and that the Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force identified during its review of pension issues. You can see details of the agreement in the documents below.

Retirement Reform Agreement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Transcript 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Transcript (revised June 17, 2014)

Resources

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Video | Transcript

Resources

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | AudioVideo | Transcript

Resources

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 2 p.m. Notice | AudioVideo | Transcript

Resources

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio 1 | Audio 2 | Transcripts

Resources

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 2 p.m. Notice | Video | Audio | Transcript

Resources

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 3:15 p.m. Notice | 10 a.m. Audio | 3:15 p.m. Audio | TranscriptVideo

Resources

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Transcript | Video

Resources


Return to top

Retirement Reform Taskforce

On July 3, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the formation of the Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force, which led by attorney William Scheu of Jacksonville as chairman.

The Task Force is comprised of 16 community leaders committed to Jacksonville’s future who will review the proposed public safety pension reform agreement, seek input from stakeholders and other interested citizens, and make recommendations on how the City should proceed.

List of Retirement Reform Task Force Members (PDF)

Retirement Reform Task Force Final Report

Meeting Information

March 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Retirement Reform Task Force Final Report

March 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

March 6, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Feb. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Handouts

Feb. 19, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Handouts

Feb. 18, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Handouts

Feb. 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Handouts

Jan. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Jan. 29, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video

Handouts

Jan. 21, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Watch the video | listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Jan. 8, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Jan. 3, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Jan. 2, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Dec. 5, 2013 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the videoListen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Nov. 5, 2013 at 5 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Oct. 29, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Ed Ball Building, Room 851
214 North Hogan Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio: Part 1 (.mp3), Part 2 (.mp3)

Handouts

Sept. 20, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Ed Ball Building, Room 851
214 North Hogan Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Sept. 16, 2013 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

Aug. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Handouts

July 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
View the meeting agenda | Watch the video

Find below a list of documents provided to the Task Force for their review.

Handouts

Return to top

Police and Fire Employees

On May 8, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced an agreement on retirement reform with the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters (JAFF), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF).
From left: Steve Amos, Fraternal Order of Police; Randy Wyse, Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters; Mayor Alvin Brown; Assistant Chief Bobby Deal, Chair of the Police and Fire Pension Fund Board of Trustees
The agreement is projected to save taxpayers approximately $1.1 billion over 30 years, including almost $50 million in the next Fiscal Year alone (Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014). To put those numbers in perspective, the first year savings alone are the same amount of money needed to pay the compensation of approximately 800 city employees. The savings equal the combined budgets of the Jacksonville Public Libraries and the City Planning and Development Department.

“I greatly respect our brave public safety employees and the important work they do for our community,” said Mayor Brown. “This agreement is a product of partnership between the City and public safety professionals. Together, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees.” Read More

Resources

Return to top

General Employees

Mayor Brown announced a tentative retirement reform agreement with AFSCME at the union's hall on May 21, 2013On May 21, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced a tentative agreement on retirement reform with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. The next day, Mayor Brown announced a tentative agreement with the Jacksonville Supervisor's Association (JSA).

AFSCME represents approximately 2,000 general employees who serve in clerical, technical, and administrative positions. JSA represents approximately 460 city employees who serve in supervisory positions.

“Our general employees perform important work for our community,” said Mayor Brown. “Working together with AFSCME, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees.”

Resources

Return to top




The mayor's podiumMayor Brown governs with a vision of bringing Jacksonville together as one community and taking it to the next level of greatness as a city of opportunity for all. He is committed to protecting taxpayers, promoting prosperity and investing in Jacksonville’s quality of life. With Mayor Brown’s leadership, Jacksonville is gaining momentum and moving forward to take its rightful place as one of America’s greatest communities. 

Since taking office, Mayor Brown has led the city with initiatives to achieve bold, far-reaching goals:

  • Partnering with businesses to grow the local economy and create jobs;
  • Revitalizing the downtown area into a vibrant destination for people to work, live and visit;
  • Developing a comprehensive, long-term and effective solution to rising police and fire pension costs;
  • Supporting schools, teachers, families and the community to improve opportunities for children and young people;
  • Expanding services for veterans and active-duty service members to make Jacksonville the most military- and veteran-friendly city in America;
  • Improving the quality of life to ensure that Jacksonville is an even more inviting place for people to make their home and raise a family; and
  • Reforming city government to make it more efficient, effective and responsive.

Mayor Brown’s Key Priorities & Accomplishments

Economic Development & Job Creation

Cranes at JAXPORTPartner with businesses to grow the local economy and create jobs
  • Directly assisted 28 companies to expand or relocate in Jacksonville, leading to the creation of more than 3,600 projected new jobs and nearly $560 million in private investment.
  • Established the Office of Economic Development to lead the city’s efforts to promote business expansion and job creation.
  • Helped JAXPORT secure a $10 million federal grant to build a new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility to streamline transfer of containers from ships to trains.
  • Worked with JAXPORT to secure federal authorization to deepen the shipping harbor and improve navigation at Mile Point.
  • Appointed a Port Task Force, with a diverse group of community leaders, to support JAXPORT’s strategic priorities for growth and development in the trade and logistics industries.
  • Elevated Jacksonville’s position as a leading venue for sports and entertainment events – including international soccer, NCAA events and the Davis Cup tennis tournament, in addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia football game and The Players Championship.
  • Joined with Gator Bowl Sports and the JAX Chamber to create the Jacksonville Sports Council, a public-private partnership to showcase Jacksonville as a leading venue and destination for professional, amateur and youth sports.
  • Selected as just one of eight U.S. metro areas in the Brookings/JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative, to develop a regional export plan and foreign direct investment strategy.
  • Worked with state and local leaders, and Jax Chamber to bring GE Oil & Gas to Jacksonville, creating at least 500 permanent, full-time jobs with a average salaries of $48,850, a new 500,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility and an estimated minimum of $50 million in investments for manufacturing, IT equipment and additional real estate improvements.

Downtown Revitalization

People in Downtown's Hemming Plaza during a first Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown JacksonvilleTransform the greater downtown area into a vibrant, competitive destination for people to work, live and visit
  • Created the Downtown Investment Authority to lead efforts to revitalize downtown with business growth and innovative economic development.
  • Provided support for EverBank to move more than 1,500 employees to downtown offices.
  • Closed deals resulting in major mixed commercial/retail/residential developments, including a new public park, in the Brooklyn neighborhood on the edge of downtown.
  • Initiated replacement of the decaying Riverwalk on Southbank.
  • Promoted downtown as a popular venue and destination for special events, including the Jazz Festival and One Spark.
  • Worked with City Council and downtown stakeholders to establish a new public-private partnership to manage and develop programming for Hemming Plaza, Jacksonville’s oldest public park.
  • Sponsored anti-red tape legislation to make it easier for businesses and organizations to create events downtown.
  • Improved garbage collection for cleaner streets and sidewalks.

Retirement Reform

Develop a comprehensive, long-term and effective solution to the city’s rising police and fire pension costs
  • Created the Retirement Reform Task Force, a diverse group of 16 community leaders, to study and propose recommendations to reform the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund.
  • Negotiated a long-term pension agreement with the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund that would save Jacksonville taxpayers $1.5 billion over the next 35 years without the need for a tax increase and that an independent analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts described as “a comprehensive solution to Jacksonville’s public safety pensions.”

Education & Youth Development

Mayor Brown visitng with students at Biltmore Elementary in August 2013Support schools, teachers, families and the community to improve opportunities for children and young people
  • Appointed Jacksonville’s first-ever education commissioner to partner with schools and community organizations as an advocate for youth development and educational opportunity in Jacksonville.
  • Introduced Learn2Earn, an immersion program that offers high school students the chance to experience life on local college campuses to inspire them to pursue higher education.
  • Established the Mayor’s Mentors program, a partnership with community organizations that has recruited, trained and placed more than 600 adults as in-school mentors.
  • Sponsored the first-ever Jacksonville Mayor’s Education Summit in 2013, focusing on improving parent involvement, and a GradNation Community Summit in 2014 (with America’s Promise Alliance), focusing on raising high school graduation rates.
  • Secured a $765,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation, as well as technical assistance from the National League of Cities, for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission to improve afterschool programs.
  • Launched the Mayor’s Youth Initiative to expand the Summer Jobs Program; provide support to Teen Court and Neighborhood Accountability Boards; expand access to mental health and substance abuse services; and create a Young Leaders Advisory Council.
  • Led a collaborative effort with financial institutions and community partners to launch Jacksonville Wi$e Money Week to provide financial literacy education.

Effective, Efficient & Responsive Government

City Hall - St. JamesReform city government to ensure efficient, cost-effective public services that are responsive to community needs
  • Achieved the first major reorganization to streamline city government operations in two decades, resulting in taxpayer savings and greater efficiency in public services.
  • Refinanced more than $1 billion in bonds at lower interest rates to reduce city debt and save taxpayers $133 million over the life of the bonds.
  • Established an Office of Public-Private Partnerships to leverage business and community resources.
  • Secured a $5.9 million federal grant to hire additional firefighters and improve public safety.
  • Developed citizen-friendly mobile apps:  JaxHapps for information on community events; JaxReady for emergency preparedness news and information; and JaxFerry for real-time information on the Saint Johns River Ferry.
  • Secured an IBM Smart Cities Challenge Grant valued at $400,000 to develop a data-driven action plan to spur downtown revitalization.
  • Joined the 100 Resilient Cities global network of the Rockefeller Foundation to help the city better prepare for emergencies and disasters.
  • Ranked No. 3 nationally as a top Digital City from Center for Digital Government.
  • Introduced JaxScore to enhance efficiency and accountability in City operations and provide the public with a new online tool to see how City departments are performing on key priorities.
  • Launched the “More of This, Less of That” social media campaign to solicit ideas on what Jacksonville does well and what can be improved.
  • Received the top rating from the First Amendment Foundation for the most transparent municipal website in Florida, promoting citizen access to public information.

Military & Veterans

ROTC Candidates holding the flag at the annual Veterans Day ParadeMake Jacksonville the most military- and veteran-friendly city in America
  • Created a cabinet-level city department dedicated to veterans services and military affairs, headed by a recently-retired rear admiral who reports directly to the mayor.
  • Established Jobs for Vets, a public-private partnership that connects job-seeking veterans with more than 200 local veteran-friendly employers.
  • Created the Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center in City Hall, a partnership with the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation to improve and expand vital services for veterans, active-duty service members and their families.
  • Established and secured federal funding for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program that has helped nearly 200 homeless veterans find stable employment and safe housing.
  • Introduced the annual Week of Valor, anchored around Veterans Day, to work with local military and veterans groups on a week-long series of events and activities to pay tribute to veterans and active-duty service members.

Quality of Life

A couple enjoying Riverside's Memorial ParkEnsure that Jacksonville is an even more inviting place for people to make their home and raise a family
  • Launched Operation Blight as a coordinated, rapid response to clean up private properties and public areas in Jacksonville neighborhoods.
  • Sponsored, with City Council, the first tire and sign buy-back event, with community members turning in more than 23,000 tires and 6,000 illegal signs.
  • Created, with City Council, a new mowing and landscape maintenance division to consolidate and improve the city’s mowing operations on public and private properties.
  • Launched the People + Parks Connection, an initiative to strengthen park amenities with the addition of new kayak/canoe launches, new trails and improved access.
  • Introduced Waterproof Jacksonville, a public-private partnership to prevent drowning and promote water safety by providing free swimming lessons to children who otherwise could not afford them.
  • Expanded Jacksonville’s nationally-recognized park system with the opening of William F. Sheffield Regional Park, Jim Wingate Park and the 840-acre Seaton Creek Historic Preserve.
  • Helped establish the Jacksonville Day Resource Center to improve services to homeless people and improve relations with downtown businesses, customers, residents and visitors.
  • Partnered with National Park Service and Groundwork USA to clean up and revitalize Hogans Creek, Springfield and East Jacksonville.
  • Created the City’s first-ever bicycle/pedestrian coordinator to improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians.