Board of Trustees Spotlight:
Jennie Brooks, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

August 18, 2020

Jennie Brooks drives strategy and operations for Booz Allen’s San Diego office (approximately 1,300 employees) and the firm’s business for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).  Managing acquisitions and logistics, Jennie also oversees a 700-member team supporting Navy clients across the country. Additionally, as a leader of Booz Allen’s Women’s Business Resource Group, Jennie leads initiatives across the firm to attract, retain, and develop female employees.

Jennie is very active in her community. In addition to being a Trustee for United Through Reading, Jennie is Vice Chair of the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Advisory Board and serves on the board of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in San Diego. She is also on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Jennie was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of its top 25 Business Women of the Year in 2018.

Why did you get involved with United Through Reading? Why did you choose to join the Board of Trustees?

UTR combines two of my passions – a love of reading and a deep appreciation for members of our military, their families, and the sacrifices they make for our nation.   

How has UTR impacted your life and/or what is your favorite benefit of your involvement?

The greatest joy of being involved with UTR is seeing the magic it creates for the children of those who serve in our military. It is incredibly rewarding to help keep families connected through the special routine of reading a bedtime story.

What are you reading today or what is the best book you have ever read?

Some of the best books I’ve read are those I read in childhood – the Little House on the Prairie series, Nancy Drew, Dr. Seuss, and Judy Blume were among my favorites.

If you were going to make a UTR video-recording today, who would you make it for and what book would you read to them? 

I’d make a recording for my son Jack and my nieces and nephews.  I would read “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.  I think it has great words of wisdom in it.

Anything else you want to add?

When we are apart from our loved ones, particularly in times of stress or crisis, it’s the small, daily routines in life that can be so important.  That is why the UTR mission is so valuable to our community and I’m grateful to be a part of it.