Leslie Marks Brown is in her tenth year of leadership in Broward County Public Schools at the Cabinet level serving as Chief Portfolio Services Officer. Chief Brown currently designs and leads district processes- including facilities management, real estate, municipal and community program partnerships, educational program design, school choice, SEAS and innovative programs, Magnet Programs, demographics and enrollment planning student athletics/activities, as well as charter school support services. As the sixth largest school district in the United States serving over 270,000 students, the district is the largest employer in Broward County, Florida.
Chief Brown has increased participation in specialized school options by over 36 percent and redesigned under-performing schools into successful schools of choice by realigning over $10 million into new school programs. While her current role includes operational efficiencies, her previous experiences span from opening a charter school as a principal and serving as the art curriculum specialist to designing district support structures for the state Turnaround Schools System.
Leslie has been recognized by Chiefs for Change as one of eight Future Chiefs by the national network of state and district educational chiefs. As a Florida State University Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and Studio Art, as well as two Master’s Degrees in Art Education and Educational Leadership, Leslie is known for her creative thinking and safe, collaborative white board design thinking sessions with actionable outcomes. Always with the “end user” in mind, Leslie assists leaders in discovering how to meet often-competing interests. Chief Brown consistently applies clear strategies that meet school, district, state and federal requirements while simultaneously creating a compelling interest for the end users to successfully ideate, test and implement creative solutions towards meeting the overall school district and community organization’s strategic goals.