Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks stands at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing urban counties in the United States. Known for his strong leadership, ability to forge collaborations and influential voice not just in Tarrant County, but in the State and the Country, Roy fights for the rights of those he serves. For over 30 years, Roy has represented his community, as a community volunteer, a city elected official, and now as County Commissioner. He embraces the core values of integrity, innovation and growth. Since entering office in 2004, he is continuously addressing the healthcare issues in his community. Such as, Healthcare for the Homeless, Infant Mortality, Obesity, Access to Care, Health Disparities, and Aids Education. As National Association of Counties (NACo) president, Roy championed his Serving the Underserved initiative, which showcased the critical role counties play in breaking multi-generational cycles of poverty, especially by focusing on early childhood development and the long-lasting impacts of adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Roy spearheaded many programs in Tarrant County including The Tarrant County Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program (TCRI), representing a community-inspired effort to address concerns regarding the successful re-entry and reintegration of ex-inmates returning to Tarrant County, Texas. Nurse-Family Partnership - an evidence-based nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers and their children, and a Blue-Ribbon Task Force on Health Care for the Homeless - promoting wellbeing and improved quality of life among homeless persons in Tarrant County by assuring access to high-quality, comprehensive health care and support services to facilitate the transition out of homelessness.
Dr. Jennifer Giddings-Brooks
When friends and colleagues are asked to describe Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks words like community focused, mentor and servant leader are used. Dr. Brooks has a distinguished record in both Educational Administration and Community Service. She has worked at every level of education (elementary-college) including her work as a research evaluator, TEA Professional Service Provider, educational consultant and leadership coach. Dr. Brooks has published numerous research abstracts and articles. Her passion for research was celebrated recently with the dedication of two historical markers in downtown Fort Worth and the completion of her first book.
Deeply committed to her community, Dr. Brooks serves or has served on the Boards of numerous nonprofit agencies. Some of these agencies include Fort Worth Art Commission, President YWCA, Chair Congressional Education Task Force, Chair Chesapeake Scholarship Committee, Co-Chair United Negro College Fund, Vice-Chair Texas Health Resources Methodist Hospital, Vice-President Fort Worth Opera, Education Chair Performing Arts Fort Worth (Bass Hall), Secretary Terrell Academy Foundation Board, Secretary Fort Worth African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center, Foundation Board Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Advisory Council Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Visit Fort Worth, Diversity Committee TCU Medical School and Child Advocates of Tarrant County. She is also a member of The Links, Incorporated, The Moles and The Society: Supporting the Arts. Dr. Brooks is co-founder of the Renaissance House in Terrell Heights. A house that will be used to provide services for the 76104-zip code. Dr. Brooks has received numerous awards including Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree (TCU), Legacy in Education, Living Legend, Power of One, Local Hero, Outstanding Texan , Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth, Great Woman of Texas , Hats Off to Mothers, special commendation from the 106th Congress and a portrait unveiling at TCU where she was the first black tapped for Mortar Board National Honor Society and also had the distinction of being the first Black Homecoming Queen in the Southwest Conference.
Prior to matriculating at TCU, Dr. Brooks attended Chapman University (California) and its Semester-at-Sea program sponsored by the Institute of International Education. After graduation, Dr. Brooks began graduate courses at The University of London followed by the completion of her doctoral studies at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Brooks is married to Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks. They have two children, both attorneys, Royce Gigi Brooks and Marion Giddings Brooks. They are also first-time grandparents with the birth of their grandson: August Charles Brooks.
Tarrant County Harambee Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet
Wednesday, September 27th 11:00 Reception | 12:00 p.m.
Texas Wesleyan University | Martin University Center Ballrooms
3165 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, TX 76105
2023 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award
Contact: Deborah Tate-Lewis