Who is Ka'Dijah Brown?

Proud Berkeley resident, Ka’Dijah is a 5th Grade teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California, where she also serves as the Advisor for the Black Student Union, and the President of the School Site Council.  Ka’Dijah dedicates each day of her life giving back to young people, which is her true passion.  She is a product of the Berkeley public schools and she graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009.

Ka’Dijah began speaking publicly at the age of 6. Since that time she has spoken at many special events locally, nationally and internationally. Ka'Dijah was the 2018 Berkeley Martin Luther King Jr. celebration speaker, where she challenged attendees to " Live Beyond the Dream". In March of 2005 Ka’Dijah was highlighted in the WMS Sarah’s Song Magazine for her contribution to the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast celebration. She was the youngest member of the panel that was brought together to speak on the topic, “What Would Martin Think of the Women of Today.” She received a standing ovation for her oratorical contribution and caught the attention of Berkeley City Councilmember Max Anderson, who, after hearing her speak, appointed her to the Berkeley Youth Commission. Ka’Dijah served as a Youth Commissioner for the City of Berkeley for four years and was honored to hold the position of Chair of the Commission for two of those four years.

Ka’Dijah’s passion for people has started her on a journey to be a part of organizations and activities that provide assistance and give people a voice. In addition to serving as a Youth Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, Ka’Dijah has also served as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, an intern for Mayor Ronald V. Dellums, an intern for Counilmember Max Anderson, and an intern for the Northern California office of the Democratic National Convention.

Ka’Dijah was elected as the Connectional 1st Vice President of the Young People’s and Children’s Division of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2011. In May of 2013, Ka’Dijah graduated from Bennett College with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Bennett, Ka’Dijah was heavily involved in campus life. She served as Campus Ministry President, President of Toastmasters, Member of the NAACP, voted 2010 Miss West Coast and represented Bennett College at the 2012 United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit where her team took first place for the presentation on Sustainable Living.