Brooke's Maryland Manual Biography is available here: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa17084.html
Brooke Elizabeth Lierman was elected to represent Maryland's 46th Legislative District in the House of Delegates in 2014. Brooke worked hard over the course of her year-long campaign, knocking on over 14,000 doors and holding house parties in many neighborhoods to connect with constituents across District 46. From Cherry Hill to Canton, Fells Point to Federal Hill, Hampstead Hill to Highlandtown, she canvassed tirelessly and was able to share her message for a better Baltimore. The connections she forged throughout her campaign were evident in her success as the top vote getter in the General Election on November 4, 2014. She is a proud member of Team 46 and campaigned alongside Senator Bill Ferguson, Delegate Pete Hammen and Delegate Luke Clippinger. She was endorsed by a diverse group of respected politicians, hard working community leaders and progressive advocacy groups.
Brooke is an experienced civil rights attorney and community activist, and a proud resident of Fell’s Point, where she lives with her husband and young son. She has been named a Rising Star by the Daily Record, and was recently named one of Baltimore Magazine's "40 Under 40."
Brooke learned the importance of public service from her family beginning at a young age. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended Catholic parochial school through eighth grade. In 1991, her family relocated to Montgomery County, where Brooke graduated from Walt Whitman High School. One of her favorite early memories is when her dad took her out of grade school and brought her to the first game ever played at Camden Yards – she still remembers sitting in the stands in her Catholic school uniform and cheering on the O’s!
An Experienced Organizer
After graduating from college, Brooke worked for several years organizing for change at the grassroots level. She was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the DREAM Program, a mentoring program that forms partnerships between college students and children living in subsidized housing, and that has had a profound and sustained positive effect on the lives of the low-income children it serves. She still keeps in touch with her mentees and believes strongly in the power of good mentoring programs.
Brooke also worked as an organizer on the 2002 Senate campaign of Paul Wellstone, and the 2004 presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry. Through these campaigns, she learned the importance of working with citizens at the local level to organize for systemic change.
A Lawyer for Working People
Brooke went to law school to gain the skills to empower individuals to take charge of the adverse situations confronting them, and to work to fight injustice one client at a time. While in law school, she fought for clients in need of better housing as part of the Legal Aid Fair Housing Clinic. After graduating, she returned to Maryland and completed a clerkship at the U.S. Federal District Court in Baltimore.
Brooke currently works as a civil-rights attorney at the Baltimore firm of Brown Goldstein and Levy LLP, where she represents a range of clients, from workers whose wages have been unfairly withheld to disabled citizens seeking access to public facilities and an equal education. She has also represented and worked with organizations like Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., the National Federation of the Blind, and the United Workers.
An Advocate for Communities
Brooke regularly works with neighborhood associations throughout the City that are fighting to make their streets safer, cleaner, and greener.
Brooke has worked as pro bono counsel to several community associations, advocating on their behalf in front of the Baltimore City Liquor Board. Her work has led to the closure of dangerous bars that repeatedly violated the law and their liquor licenses and degraded the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods. In 2012, she successfully represented a Southeast community in front of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners to close down a local bar that neighbors had been working to shutter for years – one of the few license revocations ever granted by the Liquor Board. In June 2013, she successfully represented the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association (and other organizations) fighting the expansion of a license in the Cross Street area.
Brooke is also an executive board member of the Fell’s Point Residents Association, where she has led an effort to work with the City to repopulate the declining tree canopy of Fell’s Point and surrounding neighborhoods. She also serves on the boards of the the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA), an organization dedicated to supporting downtown families, and the Citizens Planning & Housing Association, a city-wide group dedicated to empowering citizens and community groups to make grass-roots change.
Fighting for Baltimore’s Families
Brooke lives and works in Baltimore’s 46th district, and is dedicated to raising a family in the City. She is on the board of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, an organization dedicated to fostering and promoting family life in Baltimore's downtown neighborhoods. Brooke and her husband Eben Hansel welcomed a baby boy, Teddy, in December 2012, and look forward to sending him to Baltimore City public schools.
Whether it’s ensuring that our parks are green and thriving, or that our City is walkable, safe, and clean, Brooke is dedicated to making Baltimore work for its families, and is passionate about fighting to ensure that Baltimore becomes a safer, cleaner, greener, and more livable City for all of its families.