SHEILA BROOKS, Ph.D. is an author, Emmy-award winning journalist, entrepreneur, dedicated advocate for minority, women and diversity issues and small businesses, and an expert in multicultural marketing and entrepreneurial education. She is a sought-after speaker and author, releasing her first book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice,” in Spring 2018. Dr. Brooks is founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, a 29-year old, full-service advertising, marketing and PR agency in Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Manhattan, New York. The boutique agency specializes in multicultural markets, public relations, media relations, community outreach and broadcast production.
Prior to starting her company in 1990, Dr. Brooks built a distinguished television career as a reporter, anchor, and news director at CBS, NBC, and PBS TV affiliates across the country. She worked as the documentary executive producer for WTTG Reports at the Fox owned-and operated station in Washington, D.C. Her 40 years in the television and communications industry has garnered more than 200 awards including two local Emmy Awards, four local Emmy Nominations, and induction in the Silver Circle, a Hall of Fame honor from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2019, Dr. Brooks received a NAACP Image Award nomination for first book. Dr. Brooks has also received numerous entrepreneurial honors including the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media from Folio Magazine; and 2016 Top MBE Award, 2015 Advocate of the Year Award, and 2012 and 1995 Supplier of the Year Awards from the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC).
Dr. Brooks is a sought-after speaker and author, releasing her first book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice,” in Spring 2018. Additionally, she serves on numerous national and local boards including Morgan State University’s Global School of Journalism and Communication and the Federal City Council in Washington, D.C., among many national, regional and local boards. She is the former chair of The Presidents’ RoundTable in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Brooks teaches multicultural marketing in her role as adjunct faculty in the graduate school’s Strategic Public Relations program at The George Washington University.
Dr. Brooks received a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in May 2015 from Howard University. She has a Master of Arts degree in political science from Howard and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.