Visiting Fellow and Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Program (CAP)
Cornell William Brooks is a fourth-generation ordained minister, civil rights attorney, social justice activist, coalition builder, and writer. Most recently, he served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP. Rev. Brooks led the organization in securing 11 legal victories against voter suppression in 12 months; a dramatic increase in the level, visibility and breadth of grassroots activism; high profile opposition to civil rights violations through testimony before the U.S. Senate, engaging/confronting the White House, and using mass civil disobedience; rapid expansion in the number, diversity, and youth of new membership; developing new programs, including a pioneering social impact investing initiative; as well as raising $80 million in new support.
President and CEO (18th), NAACP (2014-2017); President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (2007-2014); Senior Counsel and Special Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (1999-2007); Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress, 10th District of Virginia (1997-1998); Trial Attorney, Department of Justice (1994-1997); Executive Director, Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington (1992-1994); and Trial Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (1991-1992). He is currently a regular Contributor for CNN; Visiting Professor of Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements, Boston University; and a Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice.