Hillary Brooks

Hillary is a descendent of the African and European-Jewish diasporas who spent her small town childhood in the Hudson Valley, then pinged from California to NYC and back. A nonprofit admin geek, Hillary brings two and a half decades of experience powering social justice movements for sustainability and impact. Before arriving at MIV in early 2017, Hillary worked as a finance and operations consultant, lending her nonprofit accounting and HR expertise to small nonprofits in the East Bay. Previously, Hillary served as a Co-Managing Director at The David Brower Center during an executive leadership transition, and for the five years prior she directed finance and operations at Forward Together. Initially trained in nonprofit accounting at Media Alliance, Hillary then worked for over a decade as an accounting and Macintosh consultant to nonprofits, small businesses, magazines, and individuals. As a grassroots activist for reproductive and civil rights in her twenties, she also put her politics into song, primarily in the jazz group Maroon and the rock band Caramelize. Hillary received her B.S. at Boston University, studying media representation and American history, and has a Master's of Fine Arts in jazz performance from California Institute of the Arts. She is raising the first Californian in the family as a solo-mama-by-choice.