Vanessa J. Brooks, Esq.
Objective: Licensed Attorney (GA) with extensive experience with tax-exempt organizations, grants management, Federal regulatory compliance seeking to use my expertise in an environment that addresses Federal compliance, health equity, or social welfare and community empowerment issues in the global, national or local settings.
Professional Experience [References are available upon request]
Jhpiego Corp. [global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins Univ.] Baltimore, MD: Sr. Contracts Associate [2007-present]
Manage grants/contracts to ensure compliance of awards sponsored by USAID, CDC, DoD, UN and foundations
Support Jhpiego project teams in South Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern and Southern Africa
Oversee protection of intellectual property (patent, trademarks, copyrights and data usage)
Manage professional liability insurance and severe adverse event reporting for Jhpiego global projects
Report grant activity to Johns Hopkins Research Administration
Drafted standardized agreement templates for sub-awards, subcontracts, MOUs that include intellectual property clauses, indemnification reciprocity language, and JHU arbitration and choice of law policies.
Secured Jhpiego’s global malpractice insurance. Minimized premium increases through reporting methods.
Internat. Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Dhaka, Bangladesh: Counsel and Grants Administrator [1997-2006]
Established ICDDR,B grants department.
Drafted and negotiated research contracts, confidentiality agreements, MOUs, licensing agreements, clinical drug and vaccine trial agreements, material transfer agreements, research contracts and bilateral agreements with donor governments, industry, US Government, UN Agencies and major global foundations
Advisor to the Board of Trustees on governance, legal liability issues
Developed Board policies and procedures under the ICDDR,B’s governing Ordinance
Negotiated a Bangladesh pharmaceutical / French company licensing agreement to locally produce zinc tablets for research.
Launched efforts to preserve data ownership, publication rights, patent rights for low-income countries’ research institutions.
Representative Delegate for UN Special Session on Children, May 2002.
Sponsorships from WHO, CDC, and corporations for ICDDR,B events at the UN, House of Lords, and Carter Foundation.
New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Centre New York, NY: Pediatric Grants Administrator [1992-1994]
IRS Office of Assistant Chief Counsel for Exempt Organizations Washington, DC: Senior Attorney 
Office of Harold Ford Sr., US House of Representatives Washington, DC: Chief of Staff and Tax Counsel [1989-1991]
Committee on Ways and Means, US House of Representatives Washington, DC: Assistant Counsel [1985-1989]
The Coca-Cola Company, Corporate Headquarters Securities Division Atlanta, Georgia: Attorney [1982-1985]
Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service, (completed MSFS degree coursework)
Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) Smith College, Northampton, MA, Government Major
Honors and Awards
Expert Witness for WHO’s Advisory Committee on Health Research, November 2005
The Almanac of the Unelected, “Select Senior Congressional Staff”, 1989 & 1990
Compton Foundation Scholarship for International Studies
Smith College Alumni Association Scholarship for Graduate Study
Legal Working Group on Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy since 2017
Advisory Board Member of Tahirih Justice Center, Baltimore since 2016
Advisory Board Member of Johns Hopkins Bayview Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) since 2016
President United Nations Women’s Association, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2000-5;
Founding Director, United Endeavors, Inc., New York (1993);
Founding Director, Fund for the University of Namibia (1992).