Susette Brooks is a soldier, writer, educator. She began her service in the Army National Guard in 2007 during which time she also earned her BA in English & MA in writing and is finishing her MFA in Nonfiction at Goucher College. As a non-commissioned officer, she provided financial and logistical support for local and international missions, such as Hurricane Sandy relief and Operation Enduring Freedom, among others. Prior to joining Report for America, Susette worked as Assistant Director of Program Administration at Goucher College, coordinating logistics and communication for faculty and students across ten graduate programs. As RFA’s Applications and Community Manager, Susette will transfer these skills to the organization of our newsroom and journalist application processes, work to build our corps community online, and assist with training organization. Susette also continues to work for the Army National Guard as a first lieutenant and Public Affairs Officer, managing a group of soldier-journalists who report on Army National Guard news around New Jersey.