Daphne Brookins, 2nd Vice President - District 4

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    First elected 2019; Term expires 2025




    Daphne Brookins is a young adult motivational speaker and writer and currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Texas Wesleyan University. She also serves on multiple local and state boards including the One Star Foundation, which she was appointed to by Gov. Greg Abbott.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University. 

    Ms. Brookins said she enjoys working with District 4 students and their families, her colleagues, campus principals and teachers and community stakeholders. 

    “It’s an honor,” Ms. Brookins said of voters electing her to serve District 4. “I’m proud of the trust that the citizens of District 4 place in me to bring my years of experience in education, social services and partnerships to the table to help District 4 and FWISD.”  

    Ms. Brookins says she wants to ensure that daycare facilities in Fort Worth are on the same page as the District’s early learning program.  She also wants to increase graduation and accountability rates and ensure District 4 families receive resources that allow stability and a good education for their children.  

    “A child succeeds when they’re stable,” she said.  

    She also works to explore and identify strategies to more effectively center the needs of youth and young adults that will prepare them for postsecondary education and/or for employment.  

    Ms. Brookins is gratified that her late husband, Carl Brookins, has been honored with the establishment of a scholarship in his name. District leaders and fellow trustees contributed to the scholarship, which will be annually awarded to Fort Worth ISD graduating seniors, rotating in turn to each high school.  The inaugural scholarships went to Polytechnic High School seniors because Mr. Brookins was an alumnus of Poly.  You can read here to learn more about the Carl Brookins Memorial Scholarship.  

    • AmeriCorps Member, 1st Class (1994-1996)
    • Young Women’s Leadership Academy- Vice Chairman (2013-17)
    • Site Based Board Member- Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2019-present)
    • Appointed to OneStar National Service by Governor Perry (2013-2017)
    • Appointed to OneStar National Service by Governor Abbott (2017-present)
    • New Directions Initiative Board Member (2012-2013)
    • Greatest Woman in Texas Award by Fort Worth Business press (2009)
    • Nominee for the Advocate for Older People in Tarrant County of the Year by the Area Agency on Aging (2009)
    • Mayor Mike Moncrief Believing in Youth Award (2009)
    • President/ CEO of Tarrant County Youth Summit (2007-present)
    • President of the Texas Wesleyan University Alumni Board of Directors  (2006-2008)                                                                                                
    • Vice- Chair of the Fort Worth Sister Cities Young Professional Advisory Council (2008-2010)                                 
    • Appointed to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (2007- 2013)                                                                   
    • Appointed Coordinator for the Forest Hill Youth Advisory Commission (2007-2009)                                                                    
    • Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Forest Hill (2005-2007)
    • City Councilman for the City of Forest Hill (2002-2004)                                                                                                             
    • Awarded the “40 Under 40” award by the Fort Worth Business Press as an up and coming Rising Star in the Metroplex area 2006                                                                                                                              
    • “Young Alumni of the Year” by Texas Wesleyan 2006                                                            
    • Featured in Womensbiz magazine in 2005 as a “Woman to Watch”


    • YMCA Metropolitan Board Member (present)                                                                             
    • Director’s Circle with Girls Inc.
    • Tarrant County Challenge Inc. Board Member (2007-2017)                                       
    • Advisory Board Member for Expanding Your Horizons (present)
    • Tarrant County CHIP Coalition Co chair for the Marketing Task Force (2008-2010)                         
    • Ladder Alliance Board Member (2007-2008)

    List of Session Topics:

    • “Cinderella Syndrome”-Helping people to reinvent their lives from poverty to success
    • “If the Sky is the Limit, why are there Footprints on the Moon?”- Teaching young women to think and go beyond the “Glass Ceiling” 
    • “Brains & Braun”- Teaching young women that they can be beautiful, strong, athletic and smart!
    • “Ugly Duckling”- Overcoming personal adversity 

    Prior Speaking Engagements:

    • Tex Prep Pre-Engineering Program @ Texas Wesleyan University
    • Expand Your Horizons- Young Women in Math & Science Program
    • Job Links-a two-hour forum hosted by Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
    • Tarrant County Youth Summit
    • Texas Wesleyan Commencement Keynote
    • Mayor Mike Moncrief “Believing in Youth” Award Ceremony
    • Texas Christian University- Upward Bound Keynote

    Links to video or presentations

    Represented Schools:

    O.D. Wyatt High School, I.M. Terrell Academy, Morningside Middle School, Morningside Elementary School, W.M. Green Elementary School, David K. Sellars Elementary School, Harlean Beal Elementary School, Clifford Davis Elementary School, Carter Park Elementary School, Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School, Carroll Peak Elementary School, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School, Versia Williams Elementary School