by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

A Friendly Family


family_brown2The Brown family is composed of well-educated parents. Patriarch Chad graduated cum laude from California Lutheran State University, holds various securities licenses, and occasionally serves as a guest lecturer at different universities. He is now a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Del Mar. His wife Dana has a B.S. from Georgia State University and an M.B.A. from UC Irvine, and she works as the national supply chain manager for AT&T Mobility.

So how did these brilliant individuals meet each other? Chad recalled, “We met in Newport Beach when we both lived there. I bought Dana tequila at the ever-romantic Newport Brewing Company!” So even though this couple is quite accomplished and scholarly, they still know how to have fun together.
Now with two daughters – Ella (7) and Maia (6) – the Browns continue to have fun together by calling Encinitas their home. Dana professed, “Like any honest North County family, we spend a lot of time at the beach!” Chad added, “We love it here. Our local market stocks produce from local farms, and our YMCA is spectacular.”

“Like any honest North County family, we spend a lot of time at the beach!

family_brown3It is because of the spectacular YMCA and its Adventure Guides program that Chad is able to go on exciting father/daughter camping trips with his girls. He laughed, “While we’re gearing up for these campouts, Dana is probably making her spa appointments for those same weekends!”family_brown4

The Browns also make time for philanthropic endeavors, and as proud members of the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, there is ample opportunity for them to give back to others. At the moment Maia is coordinating a food drive with the Animeals charity, providing pet food donations, meal packaging, and deliveries to the companion pets of home-bound or low-income elderly and disabled people. Dana exclaimed, “We’re all helping Maia with that, and we’re very proud of her.”family_brown5


Parents: Chad and Dana Brown
Children: Ella (7, second grade at Ocean Knoll Elementary),
Maia (6, Kindergarten at Ocean Knoll Elementary)
Community: Encinitas
Hometowns: Chad – San Luis Obispo, CA; Dana – Atlanta, GA
Occupations: Chad – financial advisor; Dana – Supply Chain Manager
Pet: Lilly – English bulldog
Favorite Local Places: Tabletops, Pacifica Del Mar, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for Rotary Club of Del Mar meetings, Torrey Pines, and the racetrack


When she’s not busy with her Animeals activities, Maia loves dancing in her sparkly shoes and is obsessed with princesses. Her elder sister Ella is passionate about soccer and creating cool art projects. Chad revealed, “As different as our daughters are, we are very fortunate that they are their own best friends. Also, if you meet them on the street, they’ll both make quick friends with you!” So be sure to say hello if you happen to see the friendly Browns out and about in the neighborhood.