Brooking is a Senior Facilitator at Ag Innovations, where she helps support open dialogue and innovative solutions to some of California’s most pressing food system challenges. She facilitates for our Water Program and the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply, supports local agencies and stakeholders in Solano County in developing a locally-guided approach to implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and helps catalyze food and resource collaborations around the country.
Prior to joining our team, Brooking worked as a collaboration consultant specializing in participatory process design, facilitation, and leadership development. She brings a diverse toolkit to help groups work together to find and meet shared goals. She has been fortunate to learn from excellent mentors in her time with Adaptive Edge, Groupaya, and now Ag Innovations. For the last decade, she has helped groups build collaborative capacity across sectors and topic areas. She has designed, produced, and facilitated summits and meetings for the public, alliances, steering committees, and working groups on topics including energy efficiency and affordable housing policy, animal agriculture reform, patient-driven medical research, pollinator habitat conservation, working lands in California, groundwater management, and natural resource accounting systems.
Client collaborators for these projects have included the National Resources Defense Council, the National Housing Trust, UCSF, the American Heart Association, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Center for Livable Futures at John Hopkin’s University, Friends of the Earth, National Wildlife Federation, the California Department of Water Resources, and the Solano County Water Agency, and Global Footprint Network. She has also worked in program development, designing a first in industry corporate sustainability program at online training company SweetRush, Inc., and developing communications and partnership programs for Global Footprint Network.
Brooking holds a BA in environmental studies from Dartmouth, and an MA in organizations and management theory from UC Irvine where she specialized in collaborative social networks and social movements. Her background also includes training in systems theory, ecology, research, counseling, and conflict resolution.