Cindy Brown, a Florida native, has lived in Miami since the age of two. She received an AA degree in Music Education from Miami-Dade then went on to the Music School at University of Miami. After changing majors, she received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Criminology. She received a fellowship for graduate studies in the field of Sociology, also at the University of Miami.
In 1993 she was a member of the chorus of the Greater Miami Opera (now Florida Grand Opera) in their production of “Carmen.” In 1992 she joined Health Crisis Network and began working on AIDS WALK Miami and White Party, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Development. She then moved onto Program Director for United Foundation for AIDS. She left UFA to act as president of Cenergy Productions, an event production company, which produced many successful fundraising events for various local & national organizations such as SAVE Dade, DIFFA& GLSEN. She spent 7 years as Managing Director for Miami Light Project.
In 1998 she left MLP to re-engage her previous company, Cenergy, LLC, a private fundraising & event production Consultation Company with clients including Miami Beach Gay Pride, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, MDGLCC, Miami Workers Center and others. She acted as the Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride for its first 3 years, moving into the position of Executive Director of the MDGLCC Foundation which operates the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach for 1 year. In the summer of 2012 she was appointed as the Executive Director of The Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a position she currently holds.
She has held board positions for SAVE, SAVE Dade, The Dade Human Rights Foundation, The Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida and the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Community Fund (Now The Aqua Foundation for Women). She currently sits on the board of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the MDGLCC Foundation and was appointed by Commissioner Jonah Wolfson to the LGBT Business Enhancement Committee for the City of Miami Beach. She is also on the organizing committee to bring the World OutGames to Miami Beach in 2017.