Mission Springs Water District Director Vacates Seat

Desert Hot Springs, CA.-Two-term Director of the Mission Springs Water District, John Brown, said good bye to his fellow Directors. Brown, elected to the Board in 2007, recently accepted the position of Executive Director for The San Diego-based Human Dignity Foundation, a LGBT Community Foundation, requiring him to relocate from his Desert Hot Springs residency.

Brown has served as President and Vice President of the MSWD Board, was the Chair of the Human Relations Committee and member of the Engineering Committee for 2014. Brown also served as a member of the Association of California Water Agencies Federal Affairs Committee.

John Brown has been an executive director for a variety of non-profit organizations over the last 25 years. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and a Special Education Teaching Credential along with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. His interest in Special Education began when he worked as an orderly at Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation in the early 1970’s. After completing his education he served as the executive director of a private special education school. He also headed an alcohol and drug abuse treatment agency for 13 years, served as the Executive Director of Desert AIDS Project for five years, and Family Services of the Desert for six years.

He was named outstanding single father of the year in 2002 by the National Association of Single People. He was the founding board president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation which is the largest provider of HIV services in the world. He served on the board of Cabot’s Museum Foundation, where, during his presidency, the Trading Post was opened and its annual barbecue was founded. The event has become the most successful annual fundraising effort in Desert Hot Springs. John has also served as the president of the board of Food Now.

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