Council Member Desley Brooks is committed to improving the quality of life for the residents in her District. To that end, she has dedicated her energies to improving public safety, increasing economic development, and improving the physical environment of District 6. She authored the City’s groundbreaking Equity Program to ensure that people of color would have ownership opportunities in the Cannabis industry. This legislation has become a national model. She authored the legislation which established the City’s Department of Race & Equity.
Council Member Brooks serves as the Chairperson of the City of Oakland’s Public Safety Committee; and is a member of the Council’s Public Works Committee. She serves as member of the Alameda County Lead District Joint Powers Authority. She was the Assistant California State District Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; Treasurer of the California League of Cities Black Caucus. She formerly served as an Executive Board member of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and is a member of the Regional
Planning Committee and the Finance & Personnel Committee of ABAG. She is a member of ABAG’s Regional Airport Planning Committee, and the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Appeal Committee. She formerly served as an Advisory Board Member for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served as a Board Member of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority.
Council Member Brooks is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a transplant to Oakland from Seattle, Washington. She moved to Oakland in 1989. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University. She was formerly the Chief of Staff to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson; a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration & Naturalization Service; Assistant District Council with the Department of Housing & Urban Development; Staff Attorney with the Washington State Legislature; and a Public Defender with Northwest Defenders.