Ariel Brooks, MEd
FOUNDING CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER
Ariel Brooks has worked at the nexus of higher education, nonprofits and K-12 education throughout her career. By happy accident, at first, and now by design, Ariel has played a start-up or intrapraneurial role in each organization she’s joined, working to build new nonprofits and innovative new programs within existing institutions. Ariel is thrilled to bring this experience to the College for Social Innovation’s founding design team.
As a college student at Harvard, Ariel engaged in deeply transformative service-learning experiences through the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-led multi-service agency, serving more than 10,000 clients annually in greater Boston. Out of this grew a strong belief in and commitment to the types of experiential learning at the core of the College for Social Innovation model.
After graduation, Ariel worked as the Founding Program Manager for Strong Women, Strong Girls – a now international nonprofit mentoring program that connects college women with 3-5th graders. She then served as the first Student Development Coordinator for the Phillips Brooks House Association, where she was the lead staff member devoted to training, reflection and evaluation. In collaboration with student leaders, Ariel built the Public Service Academy, administered the Stride Rite public service scholarship and fellowship program, and led reflection and evaluation efforts for the organization as a whole. During this time, Ariel also earned an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from UMass Boston.
Following a year teaching secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies in Malawi, Ariel returned to the US to become the Founding Director of Non Degree Programs at Marlboro College in southeastern Vermont. At Marlboro, Ariel built and managed a portfolio of twelve programs ranging from summer pre-college programs for teens to a community-based board fellows program that trains young professionals to become nonprofit board members.
Just before transitioning to the College for Social Innovation, Ariel was serving as the Interim Dean of Students, supervising housing and residential life, the Total Health Center (covering both physical and mental health), the College’s outdoor and recreation programs and the Career and Life Path Center.
Ariel began full time with the College for Social Innovation in January 2016, and is happy to return to Greater Boston with her husband and daughter.