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Althea Marshall Brooks, ‘01 M.Div.
Ms. Marshall Brooks was appointed to the position of Community Services Administrator (CSA) by the Honorable John DeStefano, Jr. in 2012. The CSA is one of the highest-ranking positions in city government and within the Mayor's cabinet. As CSA, she oversees city departments and efforts including Health, Elderly Services, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Child Development, Youth Services, Substance Abuse, Homelessness Services, State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA), and Reentry. Before serving as CSA, Ms. Brooks served briefly as the City of New Haven’s New Haven Reentry Initiative Coordinator where she was responsible for initiating, developing and implementing practices, procedures, and policies to address the needs and challenges of the New Haven reentry population, and represent the City in collaborative partnerships with state, federal and municipal agencies as it relates to service delivery and transitional supports for reentrants.
Prior to her entry into city government, Ms. Brooks served as the President/CEO of Empower New Haven, Inc., the City’s implementing agency for the 10 year federal round II empowerment zone initiative, from 2003 until 2012. Ms. Brooks directed the implementation of the strategic plan submitted for this designation and administered over $30 million in public and private funding. The primary objectives of the strategic plan were to assist with the economic development of six New Haven communities, focusing on job creation, workforce development, and improved quality of life, including home ownership, public safety, youth, and education.
Ms. Marshall Brooks has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s of Science Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Sociology, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. She is the wife of Darrell L. Brooks and mother of a son, Darrell Joshua.