We sat down recently with Darréll Brown, the EDD director, to learn more about him as a person and the kinds of things he enjoys both on and off the job. Since 2015, Darréll has been responsible for leading economic development in Charles County, including representing the county to new and expanding businesses, and cultivating relationships between the county and the business community, economic development agencies, and state and regional agencies.
Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): Briefly describe your role in the EDD.
Darréll Brown (DB): My role falls into two categories, and both are equally important. Firstly, I serve as the advisor to both the county administrator and county commissioners on all things economic development. I’m also the director of the EDD, where my primary role involves setting our strategic approach to economic development by establishing goals and strategies that help us achieve our objectives for the County.
EDD: What is your favorite thing about working for the EDD?
DB: The people here. I have wonderful colleagues who really care about Charles County and economic development and want to do the right things, the right way, and at the right time. They’re also very talented, and we all teach and learn from one another.
EDD: What’s been your favorite project that you’ve worked on since joining the EDD?
DB: While there have been many, I would say that my favorite project has been working with my talented colleagues to establish our strategic approach to economic development, which is evident now in our 5-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan.
EDD: Describe Charles County in three words.
DB: Close to DC.
EDD: What's the last best dish you cooked?
DB: For Mother’s Day I prepared a crab feast for my mother and my family. I made a whole spread with crab, sausage, corn, and potatoes on the side with some wine, grapes, and jazz music playing in the background, of course.
EDD: What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
DB: If I had the chance, I would love to learn how to woodwork. I find woodworking tools incredibly interesting. As part of my retirement one day, I’d like to set up a garage in my home and do woodworking from there.
EDD: If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be and why?
DB: It’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll give you two periods in history. One would have to be during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s. I would love to travel back to observe the African American community and the profound advancements that took place during that time, especially with arts and music. This period was at the height of recognition of African American intellectuals, and to experience that dawning would be really interesting.
The second period I would love to travel back to is a bit more heart-wrenching. I’d like to go back in time to the start of institutional slavery (before the slave trade started in Africa, where slaves were bought to the Americas) and meet the person in my family (either the man or the woman) who first crossed the Atlantic. I’d be interested in knowing their name and understanding more about this part of my family’s history.
Our “Meet the EDD” blog series regularly profiles a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff that are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County.