New Director to Head Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success

Last week, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the appointment of Dr. Debra Y. Brooks, Ed.D., as the new Director for the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success (MOCFS).

Dr. Brooks will assume the position effective July 11, 2022. Director Brooks will report directly to Deputy Mayor for Equity, Health, and Human Services Faith Leach and be primarily responsible for bringing together the tools of City government, Baltimore’s collective love for children, and the vast assets of our communities to radically improve the lives of Baltimore’s children and families through advocacy, policymaking, and programmatic initiatives around MOCFS’s core values.

“I am proud to announce that Dr. Debra Y. Brooks will be assuming this position and look forward to working with her to prioritize Baltimore’s young people and their families through MOCFS’s work,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Having worked in the Baltimore City Public School System for over 25 years, Dr. Brooks brings a wealth of experience and deep institutional knowledge to this role.”

“It is an honor and pledge to serve Baltimore City children and families,” Brooks said in a statement. “Understanding that the essence of Baltimore City is its residents and well supported families mean a healthier more vibrant community for everyone, it is my goal to collaborate with community partners and incorporate youth voices to improve outcomes for all children and families” (Baltimore Fishbowl).

According to the City’s press release:

Debra Y. Brooks, Ed.D. has been in education for 30 years. She has held various positions ranging from teacher, building leader of K-8 and Middle grade campuses and specialized schools for students ages 3-21 to central office leader. Additionally, Dr. Brooks has served in various central office positions such as Coordinator of Inclusion, Director of Low Incidence and Inclusion, and Academic Director of Special Education, all within Baltimore City Public Schools. During Dr. Brooks’ tenure in Baltimore County she was the Executive Director of Special Education and Executive Director of Student Support Services. Currently, Dr. Brooks serves as the Executive Director of Special Education for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Dr. Brooks is a proud resident of Baltimore City.

Read the full press release.
Read the Baltimore Fishbowl article.
Learn more about MOCFS.