Council District 9
In 2011, Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on City Council where he represented the Great District 8. An eclectic yet disconnected district, Councilman Brooks campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. Councilman Brooks won this race by 2000 votes and made him the youngest Councilperson to be elected in District 8 history. This will also be remembered as the race that had the most candidates in municipal history for a single seat.
In 2015, Councilman Brooks ran for a second term against two other opponents and won his race by an impressive 68% of the votes. The new district boundaries now placed Councilman Brooks in District 9.
Before serving on City Council, Mr. Brooks helped then-Mayor John Hickenlooper get elected Governor of Colorado, acting as his Outreach and Political Director, managing field and constituency outreach operations. Before his time in the political arena, Mr. Brooks served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership (ICUL), investing in emerging leaders by leading a program that provided full-ride college scholarships and urban leadership training to Denver’s low-income minorities. Investing in Denver’s emerging leaders has always been a consistent professional theme for Mr. Brooks. Prior to working at the ICUL, he served as the Area and Finance Director for Central Denver Young Life, a program that invests in the lives of Denver’s inner-city high school students.
As a young man growing up in California, Albus Brooks’ hard work separated him as a leader on the football field. He was named an All American Blue Chip player and recruited to the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, Albus continued to set himself apart. Sports Illustrated named him one of the Top 10 Hardest Hitters. The National Football League took interest before injuries ultimately ended his career. Throughout his life, Albus has been a culturally fluent leader, demonstrating visionary leadership in diverse contexts.
As a global thinker, he has had a passion for improving the human experience as it pertains to the urban narrative. As a part of his effort to connect communities and leaders around the world, he has led multiple delegations to Nairobi, Kenya and Kunming, China. Albus was also selected to take part in the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, where only 40 individuals are chosen nationwide to participate in this yearly program. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship(gmfus.org) is a transatlantic leadership development program that invests in emerging leaders “to build an understanding of politics, business, innovation, and culture on the other side of the Atlantic through experiential learning.
Although a growing global leader, it is District 9 in Northeast Denver where Albus feels most at home. He lives in the socioeconomically diverse Cole neighborhood with his wife Debi and their three young children, Makai, Kenya and Kaya.