Laura Brookes, MPH
With over 15 years’ experience in public policy, communications, and partnership development in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Laura Brookes leads the statewide public policy strategy at TASC. In this capacity, she works with legislators, government officials, and community stakeholders around drug policy, behavioral health care policy, criminal justice reform, and health care reform, with a focus on creating a more fair and sensible justice system.
She has co-authored numerous articles and reports on public policy and criminal justice on behalf of TASC and its Center for Health and Justice, and led the implementation of the Center’s 2014 national survey of criminal justice diversion programs and initiatives. She speaks frequently on the impact of and changes in state and federal criminal justice policies.
Laura received her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago and her BA from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked for Leo Burnett, one of the top advertising agencies in the U.S., where she produced and copyedited print ads for major clients, and the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors, where she oversaw editorial content and production.