Shekeria Brown, AICP
Executive Director

Shekeria comes to SFCDC with over 14 years experience in the community and economic development field. She has spent the last decade serving the South Florida community as a practitioner and consultant focused on designing, implementing and assessing affordable housing, community and economic development initiatives.

Her career in both the public and private sector has provided her with extensive knowledge in the administration of federal and state grant programs awarded to local government. Her expertise is in compliance monitoring, drafting program policies, developing implementation procedures, and coordinating planning and citizen participation efforts. As an urban planner, she has analyzed various planning issues that impact and frame the South Florida region. Her career has given her the opportunity to work with numerous organizations and individuals committed to improving their communities.

Shekeria holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, where her concentration was in community and economic development. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Mass Communication (Public Relations) and Interpersonal Speech Communication from the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida. She is a graduate of the 2012 USF Community Real Estate Development (CRED) program. Shekeria is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and University of South Florida Alumni Association. She has held leadership roles in these organizations.

Shekeria oversees the planning and operations of the organization, including leadership, resource and membership development, public policy advocacy, training and programming, administration, finances, personnel and public relations.