Hopeton Brown, a chemical engineer with a degree from Drexel University, came to Philadelphia from Jamaica in 1977. Formed the West Indian Club, a student run organization aimed at educating fellow students in the hopes of erasing traditional stereotypes.
Attended West Philadelphia High School, graduated in 1979. Attended Drexel University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Worked as a math teacher for the School District of Philadelphia for 3 years. In 1988 moved to the Department of Defense. Gained over 20 years of progressive experience in the safety and environmental arena. Currently employed as the chief of the Program & Liabilities Branch in the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s Cleanup Division. Diverse educational and professional background in both safety and environmental engineering. Responsible for the planning, programming and budgeting of Army environmental cleanup at the active installations.
Received numerous commendations for his involvement in the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean community. In 1980 started Reggae programming on WKDU 91.7 FM, Drexel University student run radio station. In 1983 as program director, organized the Annual Memorial Day Reggae Marathon. In 1990, coordinated an Anti-Drug Mini-Summit sponsored in part by the International Cricket Club of Philadelphia. Instrumental in orchestrating a partnership between the Philadelphia Reggae Music Federation and the Philadelphia Multi Cultural Carnival Association during Philadelphia Carnival 2002. Worked with the Pilgrims of God Church and the Center for Literacy to implement an Adult Literacy Program in Southwest Philadelphia.
Continues to participate and support many community organizations. Current initiatives include the Im My Plan, a non-profit organization, working with Early Childhood Education children to introduce creative and interactive methods of reading that encourage children to enjoy literature.