Daphne Brookins, Trustee - District 4
First elected 2019; Term expires 2025
Daphne Brookins, a Youth Administrator at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, garnered 61.04% of votes in a three-person special-called election for the District 4 seat, November 5, according to unofficial election results from the Tarrant County Elections Office. Her opponents, Johnny Cook-Muhammad and Terry D.T. Miles received 24.58% and 14.39% of votes respectively. Election returns will be canvassed by the Board on November 12.
Ms. Brookins succeeds Dr. T.A. Sims, the District’s longest-serving board member with more than 35 years as a trustee. He resigned from the post July 16, 2019.
“It’s an honor,” Ms. Brookins said of voters electing her to serve District 4. “There are some big shoes to fill from Dr. T. A. Sims, and I’m just excited that the citizens of District 4 are willing to give me an opportunity to bring my years of experience in education, social services and partnerships to the table to help District 4 and FWISD.
District 4 represents the following FWISD schools: Harlean Beal Elementary, Briscoe Elementary, Carroll Peak Elementary, Carter Park Elementary, Clifford Davis Elementary, W.M. Green Elementary, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, Morningside Elementary, David K. Sellars Elementary, I.M. Terrell Academy, Versia Williams Elementary, Glencrest 6th Grade, Morningside Middle and O.D. Wyatt High School.
A former Forest Hill Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman, Ms. Brookins currently works with young adults ages 16-24 as a Youth Administrator with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and is young adult motivational speaker and writer. She 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 looks forward to working with District 4 students and their families, her new colleagues, campus principals and teachers and community stakeholders.
She said she’s looking forward to ensuring daycares are on the same page as the District’s early learning program, increasing graduation and accountability rates and ensuring 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 wants 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 will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021, at which time she may decide whether to run for a full term.
- 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
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