Cat Brooks at a 2018 fundraising event
1975/1976 (age 43–44)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Residence||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
Brooks received her bachelor's degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied theater. After graduating, she began her acting studying at the National Royal Theater Studio in London, before moving to Los Angeles and working at Creative Artists Agency. In 2002, Brooks joined the nonprofit organization Community Coalition, where she focused on issues of education and racial justice.
After the shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer, Brooks became active in organizing against police violence. She co-founded the Anti Police-Terror Project and served as the executive director for the Bay Area National Lawyers Guild. Brooks also became an organizer for the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2015, Brooks was arrested protesting Mayor Libby Schaaf's ban on nighttime marches in public roadways.
In 2018, after taking a break from radio to be a mayoral candidate in Oakland, Brooks returned to being co-host of the radio talk show UpFront on KPFA. As candidate for mayor of Oakland, Brooks ran against the incumbent Libby Schaaf. Her campaign involved collaborative assembly meetings intended to gather public feedback on local policies. She has endorsed repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
- Artz, Matthew (July 7, 2015). "Black Lives Matter leader Cat Brooks playing the role of her life". East Bay Times. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- "Meet Cat". Cat Brooks for Oakland. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- Emslie, Alex (November 22, 2016). "Lawyers Group Blasts Oakland Cops for Response to Trump Protest". KQED. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- Schuffman, Stuart (June 18, 2018). "Oakland Mayor's Race: The Evolution of Cat Brooks". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- BondGraham, Darwin (May 1, 2018). "Oakland Elections: Cat Brooks Jumps in Mayor's Race". East Bay Express. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- Janiak, Lily (July 28, 2018). "Oakland mayoral hopeful Cat Brooks brings activism to stage with SF's 3Girls". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 21, 2018.