Mr. James A. Brooks is the Director of Infrastructure and Solutions within NLC’s Center for City Solutions. Mr. Brooks joined the staff at NLC in November 1988 and has held previous positions in membership services, public affairs, international programs, and policy development.

The portfolio managed by Mr. Brooks includes the policy and practice fields of housing, homelessness, neighborhoods, community development, aging, public health, and veterans services. Mr. Brooks also continues to maintain NLC’s relationships with a network of global allies and partners toward the goal of helping city leaders respond to global change.

A frequent speaker on U.S. municipal government and federalism issues before both domestic and international audiences, Mr. Brooks regularly provides commentary and opinion for national and local media outlets. He is author and editor of books, research reports, issue papers, blogs and feature news articles.

Mr. Brooks has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 1982, first coming to the city to serve as a staff member to a U.S. Senator.  Before joining the National League of Cities, Mr. Brooks was employed by the International Franchise Association, a membership organization for businesses that franchise their operations.

Recent Publications: 

Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing

Housing Market Conditions Across America’s Cities

A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis