For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Twyman
Public Relations Coordinator
Community College of Philadelphia
Office: (215) 751-8082
Building in West Philadelphia To Be Named After Community College of Philadelphia Vice President Lynette Brown-SowPHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2007 - The Consortium, a nonprofit corporation that provides behavioral health care services to Philadelphia residents, will dedicate a building at 5501 Chestnut Street to Lynette M. Brown-Sow, Community College of Philadelphia's vice president for marketing and government relations, at 10 a.m., Monday, May 14.
The building will be named The Lynette Brown Center of Hope. It is a former state unemployment office, which The Consortium moved into earlier this year. It houses a variety of The Consortium's adult behavioral health programs, is staffed by 70 workers and provides services to more than 90 people everyday. The building is one of 18 buildings from which The Consortium provides services in the city.
Brown-Sow is a former officer and chair of The Consortium's board of directors and was instrumental in helping the nonprofit provide behavioral health care services to people in West and Southwest Philadelphia, as well as to residents throughout the city.
For 30 years, Brown-Sow was active in behavioral health care. She served on The Consortium's board of directors from 1976 until 2005 and was the board's chair for most of that period, until the creation of Health Services Inc., the parent body of The Consortium, which she chaired until 2005.
"Thirty years is a long time to be a volunteer for anything. It demonstrates her commitment to the people of West and Southwest Philadelphia," said the Honorable Judge John M. Younge, current chairman of The Consortium board, adding that naming the building after Brown-Sow will keep her name before the people she served for so many years.
When she was chair of The Consortium board, which pioneered the strategy of balancing the input of community leaders and medical experts, Brown-Sow championed patient-centered models that fit the health care to the patient, not the patient to the health care system. She also worked to expand health care service access into neighborhoods.
Since July 1995, Brown-Sow has served in her current cabinet-level position at Community College of Philadelphia, where she leads her staff handling marketing, advertising, public relations, publications, special events, and government and community relations. Since her arrival, the College's students and mission are more visible in local media and community partnerships have increased. In addition, the College's marketing and publications have earned the staff national honors and acclaim.
Previously, Brown-Sow served as deputy mayor of administration under former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell. She currently serves as the mayor's representative on the Board of City Trusts. She also is on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and is the board chair of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., a nonprofit corporation with more than 2,000 employees and 125 programs in 18 states that provides social services to youth and their families in the United States and overseas.
In 1981, Brown-Sow founded L.M. Brown Management Group, a consultant firm which provides professional services to corporations, not-for-profits and government agencies. Its clients have included HealthAmerica Inc., SEPTA and the U.S. Department of Labor.
In addition, Brown-Sow serves as a board member of the Organized Anti-Crime Community Network (OACCN) and a board member of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Brown-Sow's professional membership includes the Association of Business and Professional Women, the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Forum of Executive Women, the Association of Collegiate Conference & Event Directors International, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the National Black Public Relations Society. She also serves on the marketing and communications commission of The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which sets the standards for marketing, philanthropy and alumni relations for more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 55 countries.
Brown-Sow has a Master's degree in Policy Planning and Development from Bryn Mawr College and a Bachelor's degree in Administration from Antioch University. She has held appointments as adjunct faculty at Antioch University and taught in the Mental Health Social Services Department at Community College of Philadelphia. She has lectured at Temple University and Bryn Mawr College and is a member of the 1985 class of the Community Leadership Seminars Program.