Meet Travis Brooks

Twenty-two years ago as the new Youth Program Coordinator at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), Travis says his life found new meaning, responsibility, and awareness. He felt blessed to be in a position to serve and give back to the community. His goal was to create a space for individuals to have second, third, fourth and so on chances to become who they were meant to be. More importantly, Travis felt that he could now be at the table, build the table, and bring people to the table to better the lives of the entire Greater Ithaca Community.

With more than 30 years of living in this community, and 22 of those years devoted to serving the District 1 community, Travis looks forward to tackling the challenges the district faces regarding affordable housing, living wage, access to community programs to support strong families, accessible & affordable child care, and opportunities for solid employment & growth.

He has gained valuable experience in bringing diverse stakeholders to collaborate to solve the problems in his work as Deputy Director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Director of My Brother's Keeper, and as member of Ithaca's Municipal Drug Policy Committee. He played a key role in securing a grant that will enable Ithaca to employ progressive solutions to the problems of crime and addiction. “I pledge to focus my efforts on economic recovery (helping small businesses to rebuild), improving the quality of life for marginalized West Hill residents, building coalitions dedicated to social justice, and improving the lives of all our citizens but particularly those that have been underrepresented.”

Brooks lives on 5th St and raised his five children right here in Ithaca. “As a father, I raised six kids into adulthood. I have been a single dad, a married dad, and a single divorced dad. I have begged, borrowed, and have utilized system support to help get to the next day. I lived in public housing then eventually becoming a homeowner. I bought my home across the street from my old home in the housing projects so my community could see there is hope after all.

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