Cherie Brooks

Dr. Espanola Jackson Energy Justice Award Selection Committee Member

Cherie Brooks, native Baltimorean, is the Visionary Co-Founder, President & CEO of Power52  Foundation (Power52, Inc) a 501c3 non-profit. As CEO, Cherie is dedicated to advancing clean  energy access and economic empowerment to historically marginalized communities by way  of resiliency hubs, clean energy resources, education, training, and sustainable jobs. Cherie  serves on the frontlines of the intersection of environmental and economic justice. 

Ms. Brooks’ flagship accomplishments have been the development and oversight of Power52  Energy Institute, the first Clean Energy focused Private Career School in the State of Maryland.  Power52 Foundation is one of two non-profits ever granted approval from the Maryland  Higher Education Commission to own and operate a private career school in the State’s  history. Cherie also managed the development to convert Living Classrooms’ community  center, POWER House, into a Resiliency Hub, serving a public housing community in East  Baltimore, whose residents are commonly at the highest risk during emergencies. The POWER  House is the first solar powered, community-based resiliency hub in the nation. 

Before launching into the 501(c)(3) world, Cherie worked as a Site Acquisition Manager in the  wireless industry leading a team of consultants, contractors, and legal counsel through the  build process. This included managing subcontractors, site acquisition specialists on all  project phases (leasing, zoning, compliance, A&E, and Regulatory) on AT&T’s LTE Project as  well as Verizon’s New Site/Raw Land Builds. Ms. Brooks developed over 200+ telecom sites,  oversaw each site through leasing to construction milestones. 

Cherie’s strengths lie in her creativity, drive, and leadership, and she thrives on challenges  that expand the organization’s reach. Rooted in her passions for philanthropy and ministry,  she envisions Power52 Foundation becoming the primary pathway to careers in solar and  renewable energy, addressing under-employment and climate justice on a national scale,  particularly for individuals from marginalized communities. 

Ms. Brooks, a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10KSB Executive Program, attended Bowie State  University for undergrad and has obtained her Master Trainer credentials from the National  Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) as well. Actively involved in community  organizations, she is a member of Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, Inc. and an active member of  Jack & Jill of America, Columbia, MD Chapter where she has held various chair positions  during her ten-year tenure. Cherie also contributes her expertise to various committees,  including the Vote Solar Access & Equity Advisory Committee, Howard County Chamber Small  Business Committee, Maryland Non-Profits Accelerator Program Advisory Committee, and the  DLLR Correctional Education Council, Successful Employment for Returning Citizens  Subcommittee. 

Cherie’s commitment to positive change has garnered recognition, including the 2023 Dr.  Espanola Jackson Energy Justice Award. Notably, she graced the cover of Baltimore Magazine’s  October 2023 special Game Changers edition, recognized as a Game Changer Award Winner  for her impactful contributions to social justice in Baltimore. Outside of her professional  endeavors, Cherie resides in Maryland with her three children and an adorable dog named  Snickerdoodle Hudson Wallace.

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