Brooking joined Upstream’s team in 2016 specifically to support the development of the Plastic Pollution Policy Project. She is a consultant and coach specializing in participatory process design, facilitation, and collaborative leadership.
Her work has focused on building collaborative capacity in teams, organizations, and networks, with a strong focus on working with groups addressing human-environment challenges. She has been fortunate to learn with senior strategists, coaches, facilitators and process designers in her time with Adaptive Edge, Groupaya, and Ag Innovations. Clients have included the Natural Resource Defense Council (Energy Efficiency For All network), National Wildlife Federation (state-by-state Monarch conservation alliances), Global Footprint Network (partner network / EcoDebt Day), John Hopkins University (The Meatless Monday Movement), The Santa Barbara Land Trust (County-wide conservation blueprint), the California Department of Water Resources (Sustainable Groundwater Management Act governance facilitation services), UC San Francisco (the Health eHeart Alliance), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (national patient-powered research alliances). She has also worked in communications and leadership coaching.
Brooking holds a BA in environmental studies from Dartmouth and an MA in organizations and management theory from UC Irvine, where she studied networks and social movements organizations. In 2014 she completed a two-year somatic and developmental counseling program, and she is also a bit of a systems theory geek. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and when she’s not working, she’s probably on the hunt for green spaces or her next poem.