MEET OUR FOUNDER
SHEILA BROOKS, Ph.D.
FOUNDER & CEO
SHEILA BROOKS, Ph.D. is an Emmy-award winning journalist, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for minority and women’s issues and small businesses.
Dr. Brooks is founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications , a full-service 27-year-old advertising and marketing communications agency in Washington, DC, with satellite offices in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Maryland and New York City. The boutique agency specializes in multicultural markets, helping clients develop their brand, positioning and strategies through integrated media formats in broadcast, print, digital, and social media for advertising, marketing, outreach and public education campaigns. Dr. Brooks is an expert in entrepreneurial education and minority business issues.
Prior to starting her company in 1990, Dr. Brooks built a distinguished television career as a reporter, anchor, and news director at CBS, NBC, and PBS affiliate TV stations across the country. She worked as the documentary executive producer for WTTG Reports at the Fox owned-and operated station in the District. Her more than 39 years in the television and communications industry has garnered more than 100 awards including the 2016 Salute to Excellence Marketing and Public Relations Award for University of the District of Columbia Microsite/Website Landing Page from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), 47 national Telly awards and induction in the Silver Circle – a Hall of Fame honor from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which recognizes more than 25 years of excellence in journalism.
Among the numerous entrepreneurial honors Dr. Brooks has received are the 2016 and 2012 Top MBE Award , 2015 Advocate of the Year Award , and 2012 and 1995 Supplier of the Year Awards from the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC); 2014 Partnership Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee, a recognition shared jointly with her firm’s client Baltimore Gas and Electric; the 2014 Women in Business Champion from the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and the 2011 Pat Tobin Entrepreneurial Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Brooks is a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the United States Congress and Maryland General Assembly on minority and women’s business issues. She has served on numerous nonprofit and paid boards throughout her career. Currently, she is immediate Past Chair of The Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT), an exclusive African American CEO membership that promotes business growth for established entrepreneurs. Previously, Dr. Brooks served as PRT chair for four years and on the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), whose mission is to improve the region’s business climate. Brooks is a three-term national NABJ board member. She has worked for 40 years on NABJ committees including as the founder of the NABJ Student Projects, a weeklong newsroom training experience where students work with professional journalists.
Brooks has taught journalism and entrepreneurial college courses at universities and colleges, and was Entrepreneur in Residence in the School of Communications at Howard University from 2010-2012 where she provided consulting services in strategy, branding and media outreach for an entrepreneurial incubator.
Dr. Brooks received a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in May 2015 from Howard University. She has a Master of Arts degree in political science from Howard and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Established in 1990, SRB Communications has evolved from a television and video production company into a full-service, boutique advertising and marketing communications agency serving some of this nation’s top brands. Since 2004, SRB Communications has provided advertising and marketing communications services to energy companies and utilities, schools and universities, and local, state and federal government agencies – providing strategy, branding, content and creative development; media planning, buying and placement; public relations, media relations, broadcast production, digital and social media; community outreach and public engagement, market analysis, tracking and metrics.