Brooks LambProgram Associate & Special Assistant to the President
Brooks assists with various initiatives in the Southeast and across the nation. He also advances AFT’s mission through writing. He recently earned his master’s degree at Yale School of the Environment, where his work focused on understanding small and mid-sized farmers’ environmental stewardship in the face of adversity. Through professional and personal experiences, including his selection as a Truman Scholar in 2016, Brooks has nurtured a passion for serving people and places.
Brooks is the author of Overton Park: A People’s History (Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2019), which he wrote as a student at Rhodes College. This book uses oral history to tell the story of Memphis’s most beloved public space. Brooks currently has a second book—which explores farmers’ connections to place and stewardship motivations via in-depth interviews and other methods—under review at a press. He has also published multiple essays, articles, and op-eds.
Brooks grew up on a small farm in Holt’s Corner, Tennessee. His family and the farm have helped him cultivate a strong work ethic, an understanding of hope, and a commitment to community.