Brooke Richie-Babbage

Resilience Advocacy Project
Founder and Executive Director

Key Topics: Poverty law and policy, The intersection of poverty and youth development, NYC youth-services funding and policy, Youth leadership trends and strategies, Youth civic engagement trends and strategies, NYC Stop & Frisk policy, Teen parenthood trends and policy, Teen fatherhood policy and research, Child support and Family Court law and policy.

Bio: Brooke Richie-Babbage is the Founder and Executive Director of the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP), a New York City-based youth leadership organization working to empower youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty.

Brooke has over 14 years experience in the social justice arena. Prior to founding RAP, she focused on public benefits law and child care policy as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, advocated for health care justice at the Children’s Defense Fund-NY, taught the history of social welfare law and policy at Tufts University, and consulted for the Center for Law and Social Policy concerning the intersection of public benefits and wealth development. In addition to running RAP, Brooke is as an Adjunct Professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs. She has spoken and presented papers at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and Brooklyn Law Schools, as well as various conferences throughout the country.

She is a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellow, a CORO Leadership alumna, and a member of the Activist Council of Planned Parenthood of NYC. Brooke received both her JD and MPP from Harvard, and her BA from Yale.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Harvard Law School.
  • NYU Law School.
  • Brooklyn Law School.
  • NY1 Inside City Hall.
  • Regional Skadden Fellowship Conference.
  • NYS Legal Services Partnership Conference.
  • Bearing Fruit: Fathers Incorporated National Fatherhood Forum.