Brandy H. M. Brooks
Brandy H. M. Brooks is the Director of Community Programs at The Food Project, where she works to connect urban and suburban communities in greater Boston with healthy food and supports youth and adult community members working for a more sustainable food system. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College, as well as being an alumna of Harvard College. In 2005, Brandy helped to establish the Community Design Resource Center of Boston, and acted as its founding Executive Director until 2009.
Brandy has served on multiple nonprofit boards and community planning committees locally and nationally. She currently serves as Past President of the Association for Community Design; and Advisory Board member for Common Boston; and a Board member at the Community Action Agency of Somerville. Previous appointments include the Somerville Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Board of Groundwork Somerville, and the Board of the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects. Brandy has also been an instructor, guest lecturer and design critic at the Boston Architectural College, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Awards include a 2010 Summer Public Policy Fellowship with the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston; a 2010 Moakley Public Policy and Public Management Fellowship with the Center for Public Management at Suffolk University; and selection as a 2009 Next American Vanguard by Next American City. Brandy continues to speak at local and national events on community design and sustainable food systems. She maintains a deep interest in urban agriculture, design education, civic engagement, and sustainable community-building.