Douglas C. Brown

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Douglas C. Brown graduated from Stanford University with a BA in communications, minor in mathematics, and a master‘s degree in statistics. Brown is a former Operations Research Systems Analyst for the U.S. Army, Professor Of Mathematics at Thomas Nelson Community College, Lead Associate/Data Scientist Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, Data Science Manager at Langley Federal Credit Union, public school teacher, and professor at Christopher Newport University. He is currently a Chief Data Scientist at InnovaSystems International, LLC [1, 2].

As a member of the Newport News City School Board, Brown has worked with the Board and Superintendent to increase on-time graduation rates from 89% to 93% and decrease the dropout rate from 12% to 2.1%. He has been awarded Board Member of Distinction from the Virginia School Board Association twice. Brown has also brought the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment program to Newport News Public Schools and was elected by the Board Chairs of the Tidewater region to the Tidewater Vice Chair position which he served in from 2016 to 2018 [1].

Key Issues

Education

Brown supports pre-K for every child, an emphasis on math in elementary through high school education, and school-wide participation in statewide/national competitions such as the Virginia FIRST Robotics Competition, Virginia Math League, National History Day, etc. He also supports greater parental involvement in schools through increased information sharing and communication with schools and the ParentExpress app developed by Newport News Public Schools [2]. 

Brown believes that public education can drive economic growth locally and generationally. He also seeks to obtain raises for school staff and advocates for teachers [3,4].

LGBTQIA+

Brown does not believe gender is a spectrum and was against a VDOE policy formed to protect transgender and non-binary students. He says it could cause issues with school records and believes the policy imposes a set of beliefs on everyone [5].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 LinkedIn
2 Ballotpedia
3 Newport News Public Schools
4 Daily Press
5 WTKR
6 WAVY