Yumeka Brown is a Program Officer with the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association. She loves her job because she is given the opportunity to protect and defend the first amendment of the Constitution by supporting the right for all individuals to have access to information. in April 2017, Yumeka was elected to serve as the Village Clerk of Matteson, IL. As Village Clerk, she is the keeper of official Village Board records and processes requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the election official, and the notary for parliamentary procedures.
Yumeka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with over 20 years of non-profit experience, which is ignited by her desire and passion to “give back”. This has led her to work for organizations such as the American Bar Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Food Export Association, Professional Convention Management Association, and most recently the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Annually Yumeka spearheads a Coat, Toy and Vote Drive and a Back to School/Stay in School rally geared towards motivating and encouraging the youth as they start the new school year.
In Yumeka's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and most importantly being a mother.