Brooks is University of Washington graduate with a BS in Earth and Space Sciences. She is a native Seattleite, which we all know is rare these days. She is a mountaineer and she volunteers as a rock and alpine instructor for a youth organization called Cascade Leadership Challenge where she takes teenagers out on expeditions that involve climbing and alpinism. She has a dog that she loves to spend time with, she loves Junior Mints, and she would never turn down an opportunity to crack open a good book.