About Ryan Brown

 

I grew up as the child of two loving parents and public servants. My mother is a retired public school teacher from the Jackson Public Schools and the Rankin County School District. My father was a sailor, police officer, state employee, and county supervisor. More than that, they raised my three brothers and me to love one another, care for others, tell the truth, work hard, say please and thank you, play by the rules, and look folks in the eye when you talk with them.

My mom and dad taught us the value of loving and serving others. Not only does our faith command us to help our neighbors, but it is a calling that gives us satisfaction knowing that we are able to do a good thing for someone else.

After graduating from Northwest Rankin High School, I attended the University of Mississippi where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science.

Once I finished my undergraduate degree, I chose a new adventure to work in Washington, DC. During my time there, I was fortunate to work in both the public and private sectors to promote business and public service.

After five years in Washington, the call to return home got louder and louder.

Upon coming home, I was hired by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to serve in their Alcohol and Drug Policy Division. The work this department does on a daily basis is so important. They help non-profit groups and state agencies provide hope and help to individuals and families suffering from the pain of alcohol and drug abuse. These days, so many of us know someone who is suffering from addiction. It was a privilege to work with such dedicated professionals. 

While working during the day, I took night classes to continue my own education. I had put off going back to school to get an advanced degree, but with the support of my family and friends, I attended Jackson State University and received my Master of Public Policy and Administration degree in July 2015. It was a great experience, and I am so grateful to have done it.

In January 2016, I was hired to serve as the Deputy Commissioner at the Public Service Commission - a position once held by my father. In this role, I served as a senior advisor to one of the finest men I have ever known, Commissioner Cecil Brown.

One of my primary responsibilities was to travel the district to meet with city, county, community, faith, and business leaders about what the Public Service Commission is and how we can be helpful to them. 

During my time at the Commission, I participated in hundreds of meetings and events across the 22 counties of the district to discuss the programs and services offered and promoted by the Public Service Commission. It was during these visits that I got to meet with so many Mississippians from all walks of life about issues that matter to them. Over the past three years, we have been able to help thousands of Mississippians resolve issues they have with their utility provider.

In 2018, I was asked to serve as a political science professor at Millsaps College in Jackson. With my experience in Washington and in Mississippi state government, the leadership believed I had a unique background that would serve their students well. One of my desires is to introduce my students to policy makers in other fields, so I have invited city leaders, state judges, political leaders, and former members of Congress to share their experiences with my students. Being around the energy and ideas of our young people continues to inspire me. Additionally, it helps me focus my energy to making sure our students find careers here in Mississippi so they do not feel they have to move out of state to make a living.

It is this call to service that I inherited from my parents that gets me out of bed each morning to work hard for the Mississippians I meet out on the road who put their trust in us to do a good job and serve them well. I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving Mississippi on the Public Service Commission.