Susan Brooks has served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development for Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since October 2007. She is responsible for the leadership, direction and development of Ivy Tech's statewide strategies and programming in workforce development. She is an integral part of the state's strategic initiative to develop a trained workforce to attract and retain businesses in an effort to bolster the economic viability of the state. Brooks serves on the Indiana Health Industry Forum Board, the BioCrossroadsLINX Board, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Ready Indiana Board and the Indiana State Department of Health's Public Health Workforce Development Executive Advisory Board as well as the Executive Committee of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development's State Workforce Innovation Council.
Previous to Ivy Tech, Brooks served six years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush. The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Southern District of Indiana, 60 counties. Brooks served as the legal representative of the United States Government for both civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions and served as the official spokesperson for the Department of Justice in the Southern District of Indiana.
Prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney, Brooks practiced at Ice Miller in the Government Services Practice Group. During the time she was with Ice Miller, she was involved in many civic organizations. She served as Protocol Chair for the 2001 World Police & Fire Games hosted in Indianapolis; Chair of the United Way's Violence and Safety Impact Council; Indiana Federal Community Defender Board; and Marion County Commission on Youth Advisory Board.
Brooks also served as Deputy Mayor for the City of Indianapolis under Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. During her service as Deputy Mayor, her work focused on crime, the criminal justice system, and social welfare issues. She served on the boards of Marion County Community Corrections; Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.; Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership; Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Race Relations Leadership Network Committee; Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis Board of Advisors; Marion County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; United Way Strategic Planning Committee; Clarian Health's Community Plunge Steering Committee; and Employers Against Domestic Violence Initiative.
Prior to joining the Goldsmith administration, she practiced criminal defense law from 1985 to 1997.
Brooks currently serves on the following: Women's Fund of Central Indiana, Indiana State Museum Gala Committee, Junior League of Indianapolis Community Advisory Board and co-chair of NCAA 2011 Women's Final Four. She was also named as an "Influential Woman of Indianapolis" in 1999 and again in 2008 by the Indianapolis Business Journal/The Indiana Lawyer. She was part of the Indianapolis Business Journal's "40 under 40" list in 1999. She has been previously named "Super Lawyer" by Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine from 2004 – 2008 and was a recipient of the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law in 2006. Brooks was listed in the "Power" edition of Indianapolis Monthly in August 2007 and in 2008 she received the Touchstone Award from Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis.
Brooks earned her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law and B.A. from Miami University in Ohio. She is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is married to attorney David Brooks and they have two children.