Professionally, Brooks had a passion for and touched the lives of many young people. Holding a Doctorate of Education degree from Washington State University, she served as the Dean of Students at both the University of Idaho and the University of Puget Sound. Recently, she was the Program Manager at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie, WA and was a partner in the consulting firm Diverse Strategies, Inc.
Councilmember Brooks had a long history of service to the community. In the late 1980’s, she was a member of the University Place Parks and Recreation District Board, serving a term as the Board’s Chair. Brooks actively participated in the committee for incorporation of the City of University Place, and was a Councilmember since 1995, having been re-elected four times. She was the Mayor of University Place from 2002-2004.
Her community service led Brooks to volunteer for a myriad of organizations. She served on the Pierce County Health Department Board, and was a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Community Action Board, as well as the Long-Term Care Board. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for Operation Hands On and participated on the Advisory Board of the Community Development Block Grant program.
Brooks spear-headed efforts to successfully obtain more than $12 million in federal grants which enhanced the quality of life for the citizens of University Place. Councilmember Brooks was also responsible for acquiring grants for the City to obtain commercial-grade kitchen equipment, transforming the Senior Center from a meeting room to a heavily-used activity center.
Brooks provided advocacy and voice for seniors, youth and parks. She will be greatly missed. Information regarding services and donations will be posted on the City’s webpage, www.CityofUP.com, as it is received.