Brooke Giesen Bio (extended)

Brooke Giesen, ECESF Board member

Brooke Giesen’s passion and love is Early Childhood Education. Brooke has been working in the field for 19 years. She began as a Teacher at The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay for 8 years. She then became the Lead Teacher for 6 years and promoted to Director for 8 years at The Community Preschool – Grace Cathedral, an intentionally socio-economically diverse, mixed age program. Brooke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from University of California Santa Cruz and a Program Director Permit from California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

She has been a Leader for the Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in Early Childhood (BANDTEC) Equity Leadership Project since 2018 providing trainings, peer-to-peer support, and participation in a Community of Practice. She served as a Director Mentor for one year at the California Consortium for Equity in Early Childhood Education’s Equity Leaders Fellowship in Early Care and Education. She presented her experience at First 5 California’s Child Health, Care and Education 2019 Summit. In 2020, Brooke Co-Founded a non-profit called The Center for Leadership, Equity and Research in Early Learning (CLEREL) along with five other women in the early childhood field.