Althea Marshall Brooks Appointed Community Services Administrator
(11/13/2012) Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has appointed Althea Marshall Brooks to serve as Community Services Administrator, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Chisara Asomugha, currently the Senior Advisor and Medical Officer at the Center for Clinical Standards & Quality in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. As Community Services Administrator, Marshall Brooks will be responsible for coordinating City departments and initiatives that directly impact the social well-being and physical health of New Haven residents, including the Health, Youth, Vital Statistics and Elderly Services departments. As CSA, Marshall Brooks will also oversee services to the homeless and re-entry populations, substance abuse and teen pregnancy prevention, State-Administered General Assistance programs as well as the New Haven Resident Card.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with some of the departments that are integral to and responsible for impacting the quality of life of New Haven residents. I look forward to actively engaging and working with local and state leadership, community stakeholders and residents around issues such as access to health care/services, community wellness, employment, resident reintegration, youth empowerment and asset building,” said Marshall Brooks.
“I worked with Althea Marshall Brooks in her role at Empower and with the City’s Re-Entry Initiative. I am confident she will be terrific as Community Services Administrator,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
Prior to her appointment, Marshall Brooks served as the City’s Re-Entry Initiative Coordinator, where she was responsible for initiating, developing and implementing policies and practices to address the needs of those returning from incarceration. In that role, Marshall Brooks represented the City in collaborative partnerships with state, federal and local non-profits to improve service delivery and supports for the re-entry population. Marshall Brooks was also responsible for coordinating and implementing the City’s Values Based Initiative. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Values Based Initiative is an effort to create a crisis prevention network of community stakeholders, faith-based communities and police to address issues related to youth gun violence and domestic violence.
Prior to her entry into City government, Marshall Brooks served as the President/CEO of Empower New Haven, the implementing agency for the Federal Round II Empowerment Zone Initiative. In that capacity, Marshall Brooks was responsible for overseeing $30 million in public and private funding directed at job creation, workforce development, quality of life, homeownership, public safety, youth and education.
Marshall Brooks serves on numerous boards and committees and serves as adjunct faculty at Gateway Community College. Marshall Brooks holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Sociology, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University.