Annie’s List Names Royce Brooks New Executive Director

June 4, 2018
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(Austin, Texas) The Board of Directors of Annie’s List is very pleased to announce today that Royce Brooks has been named as its new Executive Director. Brooks, a visionary leader who most recently served as the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of Atlanta, and whose political experience includes the campaigns of Wendy Davis and Sylvester Turner, will lead the  organization beginning in July. Brooks is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School, and a sixth generation Texan.

Board Chair Heidi Gerbracht says Brooks is the perfect choice to lead Annie’s List. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about welcoming Royce back to Texas,” Gerbracht shared. “There is so much energy to elect great women candidates right now. Annie’s List began this year in a position of strength as a long-term player in changing the face of power in Texas. Royce is the right leader at the right time to not just continue the work, but to catapult us to the next level. She is a strategic, passionate leader and brings new energy and experience to Annie’s List.”

“I am excited to join the Annie’s List team to help change the face of power so all Texans can have a seat at the table,” said Brooks. “I have spent my career working to bring change to communities that need it most, and I am ready to lead that charge here in my home state. With amazing staff, community leaders and outstanding candidates, we will build a better, fairer, more compassionate Texas – one election at a time.”

Brooks has honed her leadership in a career encompassing both policy and electoral politics. Before joining Annie’s List, she worked with city leaders, researchers and community members to develop a policy agenda addressing inequality in Atlanta as the city’s first-ever Chief Equity Officer. She has worked in both houses of Congress, most recently as a legislative counsel and subcommittee staff director in the United States Senate, where she led oversight and legislative efforts related to oil spill remediation, drinking water protections and more. Her electoral political experience includes serving as the policy director for both Wendy Davis’s 2014 campaign for governor of Texas, and Sylvester Turner’s 2015 campaign for mayor of Houston.

Patsy Woods Martin, former Executive Director of Annie’s List, retired in March. Jennifer Treat has been serving as Interim Executive Director since then.

Annie’s List = Representational Democracy

Democracy works best when we all have a seat at the table. Currently, 80% of the Texas state legislature is composed of men. Annie’s List works to achieve equality and better policies by getting more pro-choice, progressive women elected to office in Texas. As lawmakers, Texas women bring a balanced perspective to our government and affect positive changes for women, men and families.

Annie’s List has raised $15+ million to support and train thousands of women to run for office. In the 2018 election cycle, 85% of the 65 women who are the Democratic nominees for the Texas legislature have been trained and/or supported by Annie’s List. Since our start in 2003, our endorsed candidates have won more than 100 races up and down the ballot and across the state.