Dr. Brooks has always been a forerunner in civil rights and policy. She received both graduate degrees on full fellowships. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Her Master’s Degree is from the University of Maryland in Urban Studies in Management. Her undergraduate degree was obtained on a partial scholarship from Clarion University with a B.S. in Secondary Education. As a teenager, while attending Clarion, she filed a grievance against the university and the university was ordered to desegregate. Dr. Brooks is the first African American female to run for Congress in Southwestern, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Dr. Brooks is a member of: the United Nations (NGO) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), The United Nations National Council of Women of the United States, The Tuskegee Airman Board, The African Diaspora, the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters, New Future Foundation (Harlem), COVID-19 Community Health Deputy for North Versailles, PA, and member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Dr. Brooks has proven to be astute in developing policy and interpreting policy. She was the first person to survey individuals registered on the State of Pennsylvania’s Hyper Sensitivity Pesticide Registry and make policy recommendations to the State. She also facilitated the first conference in the State of Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh to “Address the Needs of the Chemically Sensitive Population.” She founded “The Chemical Sensitivity Network” to serve as knowledge broker and to connect others who had the debilitating illness. Dr. Brooks was also responsible for interpreting the Federal Regulations for a large urban county. Departmental heads conferred with her before making policy decisions. She presented a policy paper at a parallel event at the United Nations in New York.