Lights Camera Action’s Power Couple Series | Divya and Chris Brown
The World is mesmerized with power couples like Angelina Joile & Brad Pitt, Jay Z & Beyonce, Will & Jada, George Clooney & Amal, just to name a few. Houston’s rich diversity and economic growth has sprung up a whole new generation of power couples. Hollywood glamor is happening right here in Htown. These are real power couples who are red carpet ready while giving back to the City making it a better place for the upcoming generation.
In this new series of power couples, Lights Camera Action Houston International Society News will visit Houston’s power couples and bring you their journey of love, success and philanthropy.
This couple has Houston’s rich diversity support system behind them, Divya and Chris Brown are one of Houston’s young power couples with plenty to offer. Divya raised in a hard-working Indian immigrant family with confidence, ambition and humility, knows very well the value of giving back to the community. She is a working mom and is currently the COO for a start up natural gas hedge fund. Divya was also named Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed in 2014.
Son of former City Councilman Peter Brown, Chris Brown has the charisma of a good leader with a philanthropic heart. Chris Brown, chief deputy controller, officially launched his campaign for City Controller. Brown is a fourth-generation Houstonian whose name is familiar to politics while Divya‘s family is also very well known in the Indian American Community.
Society columnist and international correspondent, Ruchi Mukherjee has known this power couple Divya and Chris Brown for many years and it was an absolute pleasure to know more about them.
How do you both manage to strike a balance with your high powered social life and spending quality time with family, creating harmony between social and personal life? What is the secret?
Despite our busy schedules, we are constantly together. Whenever we get a chance – whether it is while getting ready in the morning, running errands for the week, etc. we enjoy our moments with each other. Because of this, I think we spend more time together than couples with less busy schedules. Honestly, we enjoy being together so we don’t have to make a conscious effort about “spending time” together.
Who has influenced you both the most while growing up?
We have many influences but our most important are our parents – Divya’s parents are immigrants who on a daily basis remind us of the meaning of what hard work and good ethics can do in life. Chris’ father, Peter Brown’s passion to make the most of each day and constant desire to make the place we live in a better place for all communities is inspiring as well.
What is the best compliment you have received that made you both smile?
That we are perfect for each other.
What do you both love about Houston?
What is there not to love! Chris can’t stop trying to recruit people here! There are too many things to name but the enormous diversity of cultures is one of the things we love most. Whether that is enjoying a cultural performance, dining at one of the many incredible restaurants or interacting with different community members there are few places in the world where access to diversity is so open and prevalent.
You both are quite well known for your charitable endeavors. Please share with us the charities you care about.
Chris serves on the board of the William A Lawson Institute, Prevent Blindness of Texas, Search Homeless Services, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and Divya serves on the board for Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, and Asia Society Texas Center.
This handsome couple has got the best of both worlds and with corporate and political energies they desire to make Houston a better place. While involved with many organizations they have successfully chaired many events such as the Asia Society Texas Center Spotlight Asia events in 2012 and 2013; the Houston Symphony (chairing the upcoming Centennial Ball after-party); Hermann Park Conservancy; the Houston Arts Alliance; and Search Homeless Services.