Omar was raised by C. Louise Brown (former Director of Health for the City of Evanston), with a passion towards serving the community of Evanston. Omar is a graduate of both Evanston Township High School and Chute Middle School. He resides in the 8th ward of Evanston with his wife Tanya (nee Jones), and their three children, Destini a senior at ETHS, Faith a fifth grader at Oakton, and Omar Jr “OJ” a student at the Child Care Center of Evanston.
Omar has been involved with many organizations within the community of Evanston: Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Second Baptist Church, and basketball coach with the Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM), a former steering committee member for the McGaw YMCA Achievers Program, and a former member of the Y.O.U. board.
Omar Brown joined the Chicago Transit Authority initially as the General Manager of Diversity in September 2012. Omar’s responsibilities included enhancing CTA’s commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, and a workplace free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation as the General Manager of Diversity. Within eight months in May of 2013, CTA promoted Omar to the title of Vice President of Human Resources. Omar is responsible for leading the talent management, HR services, HR operations, and employee programs departments at the CTA.
Omar began his career in benefits working for two of the largest benefit consulting companies in the US, Hewitt Associates and Towers Perrin Consulting. He also gained experience in asset management (pension funds) and public finance with General Board of Pension and Illinois Housing Development Authority. Omar served as a Diversity Manager with both The City of Chicago’s Office of Compliance and The University of Illinois’s Office of Business and Financial Services prior to joining CTA.
Omar has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University, a Master’s of Business Administration from Loyola University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Northwestern University.
Omar is committed to the community of Evanston.