Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brooke openly identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ communities and a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. What this means for Brooke is that she has not used alcohol or other drugs for many years and, in turn, has been able to stop the intergenerational transmission of addiction that claimed her own mother’s life at a young age. After spending her adolescent years in and out of many institutions and involved with the juvenile justice system, Brooke turned her life around at the age of 24. Since that time, much of Brooke’s energy and efforts have gone into advocacy and action work geared toward making long-term recovery accessible to all. Having spent the past decade working in various direct care, community outreach, administrative/policy, program coordination and training roles under some of the field’s highest regarded leaders, Brooke has combined her lived experience with a wide spectrum of professional experience to serve as a support to those in or seeking recovery. Brooke firmly believes that long-term recovery is not about luck or good fortune but more so about individuals and families having access to what it is they need, when they need it. Additionally, Brooke believes that the gifts and wisdom uncovered in the addiction recovery journey can and ought to be applied universally to the human experience and shared with the larger world.