Adrienne Simpson-Brown

Adrienne Simpson-Brown

United States Probation Office

Chief United States Probation Officer

Hometown: Mobile, AL

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

My vision for Knoxville in 10 years is a vibrant city full of affordable housing for those who live in and who are coming from outside of the city. I also envision a city that has built on its progress in diversity, equity and inclusion, maximizing its potential in all areas to include business, education, and healthcare.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

Knoxville’s best kept secret is Ijams Nature Center because of the many ways people of all ages can experience the natural world. It is a great way to explore the outdoors and the beauty of East Tennessee without traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains. The educational programs at the Nature Center for kids and adults are unmatched. All right here in Knoxville!

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

To strengthen Knoxville, I would work with the city of Knoxville’s Office of Homelessness in one of its nine Physical and Mental Health programs. With experience working with those in need of mental health treatment, I understand the importance of an individual’s mental stability, which enables a person to live a productive life. Mental health instability is just one of the many factors leading to homelessness, and I would assist in any way needed to help in this complex area.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

My favorite Knoxville memory is having my two daughters Adryanna and Christianna Brown at St. Mary’s Women’s Pavillion. The care I received was from the nurses and my physician was exceptional.

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

The best advice I received from one of my mentors, retired Chief U.S. Probation Officer Robin K. Grimes, is to allow my Authentic Leadership to speak for me in times of adversity. When times get tough, it is easy to lose sight of your purpose or your “why.” Being true to who I am as a person and as a leader helps me stay focused on the organization’s mission and vision.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

I would tell my 16-year-old self two things: God’s Grace and Mercy will carry you through ANYTHING and Perfection is the enemy of progress.

Adrienne Simpson-Brown