Jennifer Brooks, Director of State & Local Policy
Areas of Expertise: Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Local Policy, State Policy
Jennifer Brooks is CFED’s State & Local Policy Director and Director of the Assets & Opportunity Network. Ms. Brooks is an author of the annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard—a state-by-state assessment of how families are faring and the strength of state policies. She also leads the Assets & Opportunity Network, which is a movement-oriented group of advocates, practitioners, policymakers and others working to expand the reach and deepen the impact of asset-based strategies. Ms. Brooks provides policy expertise, technical assistance, resources and strategic advice to a range of stakeholders to support their efforts to make change in state and local communities.
Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Brooks served as a policy advisor to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on education and training, welfare, and women’s and children’s issues. Ms. Brooks also worked for many years at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that works nationally and locally to build economic independence for women and girls. In that role, she guided WOW’s federal policy work and led a multi-state project to implement positive social state policies and demonstrate the need for change at the federal level.
Ms. Brooks has testified before Congress and spoken widely on strategies to help families reach economic security. She holds a Master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
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Most Recent Blog Posts
Aug 19, 2013
It’s been nearly a year since the public launch of the Assets & Opportunity Network. And in that short time, the Network has accomplished a surprising number of milestones.
Mar 15, 2013
Nevada has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last overall in the 2013 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
Mar 8, 2013
Last week, Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall announced a new initiative to open a college savings account for every incoming kindergartener
Nov 9, 2012
In one of its first collective actions, the Assets & Opportunity Network sent comments to the
Oct 16, 2012
This morning, CFED released new data on the strength of state policies that help families create financial security and opportunity.
Oct 1, 2012
Faced with budget shortfalls and continued high unemployment, federal, state and local policymakers
Sep 19, 2012
On Wednesday, 200 Assets & Opportunity Network members and coalition leaders
Jul 16, 2012
Eighty-one organizations in the A&O Network submitted a letter urging the House Agricultural Committee to oppose the proposed Farm Bill.
Feb 29, 2012
At CFED, we weren’t surprised when we saw the New York Times map and related article about “the geography of public benefits”
Jan 2, 2012
CFED is pleased to announce that 12 leaders in the asset-building field have been selected to serve two-year terms on the permanent Assets & Opportunity Network Steering Committee
Dec 21, 2011
Last month, CFED released a new report that identifies two dozen approaches states can take to help people achieve financial security without putting additional strain on states’ bottom lines.
Jul 20, 2011
Since 2002, CFED has helped foster the emergence of state and local asset coalitions and their policy advocacy efforts
Mar 25, 2011
Automatic IRA: On February 9, the Illinois Senate introduced SB 1844