Mr. James A. Brooks is the City Solutions Director at the National League of Cities (NLC), a non-profit membership organization in Washington, D.C. that represents and serves municipal governments of all population sizes and their elected and appointed officials. He also is the Director for NLC’s International Programs. Mr. Brooks joined the staff at NLC in November 1988 and has held previous positions in membership services, public affairs, and policy development.
The programs under City Solutions seek to inspire, challenge, and equip local leaders to create livable and thriving communities. The portfolio managed by Mr. Brooks includes the policy and practice fields of housing, neighborhoods, community development, infrastructure, aging, public health, and civic engagement. With respect to the International Programs, Mr. Brooks leads the outreach, information, and education programs designed to help city leaders respond to global change.
A frequent speaker on U.S. municipal government and federalism issues before both domestic and international audiences, Mr. Brooks regularly provides commentary and opinion for national and local media outlets including CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Next City, National Journal, Governing and USA Today. He is author and editor of books, research reports, issue papers, blogs and feature news articles.
Mr. Brooks has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 1982, first coming to the city to serve as a staff member to a U.S. Senator. Before joining the National League of Cities, Mr. Brooks was employed by the International Franchise Association, a membership organization for businesses that franchise their operations.