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Brooke Stafford-Brizard is an independent consultant, supporting the integration of non-academic cognitive skills into school and district design through a connection among research, policy, and practice. She also focuses on the development of knowledge management systems to support effective design implementation and improvement. Prior to her role as a consultant, Brooke co-founded Young Women's College Prep Charter School of Rochester (YWCP). An affiliate of the Young Women's Leadership Network, YWCP is a single-gender secondary school serving high-need students. She is also a founding board member of the Chicago-based non-profit Pilot Light, an organization dedicated to ensuring that students develop a healthy relationship with food through curriculum created in chef-educator partnerships. Brooke her career as a teacher with Teach for America at an intermediate school in the Bronx, New York. Following her graduate work, she worked at the New York City Department of Education in the central Division of Teaching and Learning, as well as at the Alternative High Schools District. In addition to a focus on professional development planning and evaluation, she worked on a knowledge management strategy focused on a standardized and systematic approach to sharing information across New York City's 1500+ schools. Brooke has served on a number of non-profit boards for both arts and education organizations as an advocate for children and an expert on education and development. She earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in educational psychology, with distinction, from Columbia University. Brooke is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.