The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is pleased to announce that Cat Brooks has been named interim director. With nearly 15 years of non-profit management experience and more than a decade of activism committed to racial, economic and gender justice in the Bay Area, Brooks is certain to provide NLGSF with strong leadership grounded in principles of liberation. “We are grateful to have Cat join us at NLG. As co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project and longtime Oakland activist, Cat understands how to use the law as a tool for justice and liberation. And as a non-profit manager, she has a strong track record of fundraising and communications, and will most certainly increase our capacity to do progressive legal work in the Bay Area.”

Brooks joins us after serving as interim executive director at Youth Together in Oakland. While there, she implemented new donor engagement strategies and successfully raised nearly $150,000 within eight months, helping to stabilize the organization and its many vital projects. Prior to her role at Youth Together, Brooks served for many years as director of communications and advocacy at Coaching Corps, developing a communications strategy that resulted in a 44 percent increase in the organizations’ volunteer base. As co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project, Brooks and other Oakland organizers and activists united many organizations and individuals to challenge the Oakland Police Department and provide support for families and communities who have suffered the horrors of police violence. NLGSF looks forward to merging Brooks’ keen understanding of state violence and her organizational management skills with the powerful work of our lawyers, legal workers and law students. "I have long admired - and appreciated - the work of the NLG. I am excited to work more closely with the organization to support the myriad of social justice movements, organizers and activists working so tirelessly for a more just society", said Brooks.