Brandy H. M. Brooks is a nonprofit professional with a design and planning background who has spent the last 10 years working on social and environmental justice. She was the founding executive director of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston and has worked in senior management roles with the Rudy Bruner Foundation, The Food Project, and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. Her particular areas of focus include community engagement and empowerment; community-base design and land use planning; and just and sustainable food systems. She has served on a wide variety of local and national nonprofit boards, including the Association for Community Design, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Groundwork Somerville. She has also served as an instructor or guest lecturer at the Boston Architectural College, Harvard's Graduate School of Design, MIT, Suffolk University, and Tufts University. When she's not busy rabble-rousing for justice, you can usually find Brandy reading, singing, dancing, or some combination of all the above.