|Member of the Oakland City Council
from District 6
|Preceded by||Moses Mayne|
|Preceded by||Ignacio De La Fuente|
Brooks was first elected to the council in 2002, taking the seat formerly held by Moses Mayne. Brooks was born in New Orleans, and she grew up in Los Angeles and Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Washington and a J.D. from Seattle University. Prior to her service on the city council, Brooks served Chief of Staff to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. In 2002, Brooks listed endorsements by a number of individuals including sitting city council member Nancy Nadel and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel.
In 2012, Brooks put forward a public safety proposal calling for, among other things, better lighting in high crime areas of the city.
- "Oakland Inauguration: Larry Reid Is Council President, Desley Brooks Is Oakland's Vice Mayor". Blog.sfgate.com. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross (2006-05-01). "Brooks' city funds helped spur Dellums run". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Fairvote Democracy and Instant Run-off Voting examines the 2002 Mayne-Brooks race
- Jonathan Wafer, Berkeley Daily Planet "10 Questions for Oakland Council member Desley Brooks", 2008-05-08
- Smartvoter.org Desley Brooks bio, 2002
- Robert Gammon "Desley Brooks Versus Chip Johnson"
- First Amendment Coalition Brooks v. San Francisco Chronicle
- "Vigil honors Oscar Grant, BART slaying victim". Sfgate.com. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Maher, Sean (11 October 2011). "Council member camps overnight with Occupy Oakland protesters". Contra Costa Times. Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "Oakland considers plan to light high crime areas". Kaplanforoakland.org. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
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