Forum for Theological Exploration FTE Leaders

Earnest A. Brooks III, Trustee

Mr. Ernest Brooks is a managing associate at Isaacson, Miller, one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms, where he also serves as co-lead of the firm’s social justice + advocacy practice area. His practice as an executive search consultant is informed by the diversity of his leadership experiences spanning a broad range of mission-driven institutions. Mr. Brooks has successfully recruited presidents, chief executives, c-suite and senior functional and program leaders for organizations across sectors including higher education, k-12 education, and youth development, faith-related organizations, social justice + advocacy, and philanthropy/collective impact.

Prior to joining Isaacson, Miller, Mr. Brooks served as president and CEO of Academy of Preachers, Inc., a national ecumenical vocational discernment and development organization for young people exploring pathways in and refining their gifts for ministry. He previously served as special assistant to the CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and as assistant dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, among other roles. In addition, he was a Higher Education Fellow for Graduate Diversity Initiatives at the University of Chicago.

A passionate advocate for effective social-sector leadership, he has served on governance and advisory boards for several national and local organizations including Interfaith Community Initiatives, Southern Initiative Algebra Project, Rural School and Community Trust, and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Additionally, Mr. Brooks has led consulting engagements with numerous organizations in the areas of mission and vision development, strategic planning, program design and launch, organizational governance, and change management.

Mr. Brooks is a proud alumnus of Morehouse College, Duke University, and The University of Chicago.

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