Dr. Allyson Brooks named as new Board of Trustee for The Evergreen State College

February 17, 2022
Photo of Trustee Allyson Brooks 2022

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Dr. Allyson Brooks to the Board of Trustees for The Evergreen State College

Brooks’ term as a trustee began February 7, 2022 and runs through September 2026.

“Washingtonians are fortunate to have Dr. Brooks as the State Historic Preservation Officer. No one better understands how to preserve the best of the past while adapting to the future, experience that is a welcome addition to the board,” said John Carmichael, President of The Evergreen State College. 

“I am very honored and excited to be joining the Evergreen Board of Trustees. The students have a stellar reputation in our community and I have always been impressed by the caliber of Evergreen interns joining us at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation,” said Brooks. “I hope to bring my administrative skills to the Evergreen community to help the college grow and continue its success as one of the most dynamic and unique colleges in the nation. As a Ph.D in anthropology I look forward to supporting the faculty with their academic endeavors and collaborating with a diverse group of students.” 

Brooks is currently the Director of the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer and has served in this role under three governors. Prior to that, she was an archaeologist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation where she balanced protecting historic properties with the delivery of transportation projects. 

Prior to going to Minnesota, she was the staff archaeologist for the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office. Dr. Brooks has been part of archaeological investigations across the United States from Alaska to South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Maine and Connecticut. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of Nevada, a MPA from the University of Washington, a Certificate in environmental regulation from the University of Washington, an M Sc. in industrial and historical archaeology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, a BA from McGill University in Montreal Canada, and a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Dr. Brooks has been President of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County, on the board of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center and is currently President of the Board of Temple Beth Hatfiloh. She has taught historic and environmental law for the National Preservation Institute around the United States to federal employees, tribal staff and environmental consultants.

Evergreen’s Board of Trustees is an eight-member governing board that provides the college with long-term, strategic leadership. It is chaired by Karen Fraser.