Chytania Brown has over 20 years of experience in criminal justice, workforce development, community development, policy, and advocacy. In 2020, she became the first African American female to be appointed President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee, Inc. Chytania oversees the administration of federal, state, and philanthropic funds and the creation of effective programs that ensure alignment between the skills demanded by a changing economy and those offered by the region’s labor force.
Chytania began her career as a parole agent followed by advancement into numerous Senior and Executive Leadership roles in workforce development, including 17 years at Employ Milwaukee, which was previously known as both the Private Industry Council (PIC) and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB). As a change agent at Employ Milwaukee, she led the creation of a reentry department to provide tailored employment and training services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, participated in national research projects, and expanded youth and young adult workforce resources by building an Office of Career Exploration. Prior to rejoining Employ Milwaukee in 2020, Chytania was the Administrator of the Division of Employment and Training at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) under two gubernatorial administrations. On the state level, she spearheaded innovative American Job Center initiatives that expanded service delivery inside Wisconsin correctional institutions and launched a Mobile Career Lab for out-of-state veteran recruitment and enhanced community connectivity.
Chytania is working on her Doctor of Philosophy for the Advancement of Learning in Service at Cardinal Stritch University. She is inspired by the quote, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Unknown