Brooke Richie-Babbage is the Founder and Executive Director of the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP), a child and youth advocacy organization based in New York that uses the law to break cycles of intergenerational poverty. Prior to founding RAP, Brooke worked as an attorney, focusing on public benefits and child care advocacy and policy as a Skadden Fellow, and then as a Staff Attorney, at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.
Brooke received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and her Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to law school, Brooke worked for the Children’s Defense Fund-NY, advocating for increased access to free and low-cost health insurance for low-income children in NYC. Brooke has taught the history of social welfare law and policy at Tufts University, consulted for the Center for Law and Social Policy, and worked for the New York City Human Resources Administration and the Center for an Urban Future in New York City.
Brooke currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Voices Heard, a member-led organizing group in Harlem fighting for economic justice for low-income women and their families, as well as on the Board of Atlas: DIY, a youth cooperative in Brooklyn for immigrant youth. She also serves on the Advisory Boards to the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and the New York State Winning Beginning Leadership Institute, both organizations working to develop leadership within New York’s early education field. She is the Chair of the Social Welfare Law Committee of the Association of the City Bar of New York, Chair of the Policy Action Committee of the NYC Economic and Social Justice Network, a Harvard Law School Young Wasserstein Fellow, a CORO Leadership alumna, and a member of the Activist Council of Planned Parenthood of New York City.
Brooke received her undergraduate degree from Yale University.