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Board Member

Rakim Brooks is an associate with Susman Godfrey where he practices commercial and civil rights law. He was previously the Cochran Fellow at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin where he litigated on behalf of clients across the country who were framed by police and lost decades of their lives to wrongful convictions.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rakim advanced progressive politics thru public policy. He interned at the Brookings Institution and Center for Law and Social Policy while attending Brown University. After college, he spent two years attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and worked for the income-support nonprofit Single Stop USA. Later, he was selected as a fellow at the think tank Demos where he wrote extensively about poverty, inequality, democracy, and Black politics. He then served President Obama’s Administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department. Rakim's portfolio included low-income housing, community development finance, and social impact bonds.

In addition, Rakim has participated in several prominent fellowships sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Drum Major Institute, and Harvard’s Galbraith Scholars Program. He also managed communications for former City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and served as congressional campaign manager for former Democratic National Committee Political Director Clyde Williams in 2012 and 2016. Rakim was raised in Wagner Public Houses in East Harlem.