Brooks Nelson began working with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center in March 2009 as a researcher for the Together for Recovery campaign. Currently, Brooks is responsible for managing the Center’s core operations – keeping the team fully staffed, managing the organization's budget, and coordinating all legal matters. Brooks is also responsible for the execution and management of the Citizens Awards. He has served in the past as Executive Assistant and Coordinator for the Business and Society Relations program.
As Coordinator for the Business and Society Relations program, Brooks was the lead for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. For this significant anniversary, the Center helped mobilize and track over 911 projects completed by businesses and chambers across the country. Brooks also manages the relationship with the Corporate Responsibility Officer Association as they look to lead the field in the development for CSR practitioners.
Prior to joining the Center, Brooks was with USA Freedom Corps, the civic engagement office of the White House under the Bush Administration. Brooks has also been active with the local, state, and national 4-H youth leadership organization where he has most recently served as a trustee for the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board.
Brooks is a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Employees Caring for our Community and is Co-Captain of the Chamber’s Chavern’s Crew Softball team. Brooks has completed two marathons and is active in his church where he recently went on a weeklong mission trip to Peru.
Brooks is a graduate of Iowa State University where he holds two bachelor of science degrees, one in Public Service and Administration and the other in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production with an emphasis in creative design. While at Iowa State University, Brooks served as President for his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi, and was a sophomore advisor to ISU President, Gregory Geoffroy, for the President's Leadership Class. Brooks is originally from New Providence, Iowa.