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Dacrie Brooks Joins The Marshall Project as Director of Communications

Experienced storyteller will lead media and public affairs, support growing Audience Engagement operation.

The Marshall Project, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice, is excited to announce the hire of a new Director of Communications.

Dacrie Brooks will oversee public affairs and communications for The Marshall Project, amplifying reporting in the wider media and building the organization’s brand and profile. Brooks is joining The Marshall Project from the H.E. Butt Foundation, where she led storytelling initiatives and directed the launch of the organization’s Narrative Change Project. She is a dynamic media relations expert and experienced communications professional, with 11 years running her own communications consultancy and developing strategic marketing campaigns for two national PR agencies.

A portrait of Dacrie Brooks, wearing a red patterned shirt and triangle earrings.

Dacrie Brooks.

“Dacrie Brooks is a dynamic, passionate storyteller and will be an incredible ambassador from The Marshall Project to the wider media,” said Ebony Reed, Chief Strategy Officer for The Marshall Project. “Bringing ideas, energy, deep experience in media and a strong commitment to equity and justice, Dacrie is a terrific hire for The Marshall Project.”

Brooks is a gifted media trainer and coach who has provided DEI communications counsel to employers and clients, and as a consultant, she helped Fortune 500 C-suite executives garner national top-tier business coverage. She is credentialed in the arts community as a Board Member for the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) and a certified facilitator for The Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA.

“I am excited to become a part of a team that delivers in-depth news to shed light on the criminal justice system, and I look forward to leading communications efforts to ensure more stories continue to garner mainstream recognition,” said Brooks.

Brooks joins a growing audience engagement, communications and business side team at The Marshall Project. The organization has added a Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Audience Development and additional social media, multimedia and development hires, with multiple new staff joining the organization since December. The Marshall Project recently announced a plan for a local news operation, beginning with a newsroom in Cleveland.

Brooks, based in San Antonio, received her undergraduate degree in mass communications from Mary Baldwin University. She’s @DacrieB on Twitter.