Brooks Allen serves as Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs for Common Sense Kids Action, a national kids advocacy organization based out of San Francisco. Brooks previously served in California Governor Jerry Brown's administration as Deputy Policy Director and Assistant Legal Counsel for the California State Board of Education. Before that, he spent 10 years with the ACLU of California, where he worked as the statewide Director of Education Advocacy, and worked as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. He also served as a Deputy City Attorney in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. Before attending law school, Brooks was an Upward Bound program coordinator, an admissions officer with Stanford University, and a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Education. He has a B.A. in Political Science with distinction from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.