Brooke Elizabeth Lierman was elected to represent Maryland’s 46th Legislative District in the House of Delegates in 2014. Brooke worked hard over the course of her year-long campaign, knocking on over 14,000 doors and holding house parties in many neighborhoods to connect with constituents across District 46. From Cherry Hill to Canton, Fells Point to Federal Hill, Hampstead Hill to Highlandtown, she canvassed tirelessly and was able to share her message for a better Baltimore. The connections she forged throughout her campaign were evident in her success as the top vote getter in the General Election on November 4, 2014. She is a proud member of Team 46 and campaigned alongside Senator Bill Ferguson, Delegate Robbyn Lewis and Delegate Luke Clippinger. SInce 2014, she was endorsed by a diverse group of respected politicians, hard working community leaders and progressive advocacy groups. Since then, she has worked hard to be a fierce advocate for Baltimore City and the residents of her district. Brooke lives and works in Baltimore’s 46th district, and is dedicated to raising a family in the City. She is on the Advisory Board of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, an organization dedicated to fostering and promoting family life in Baltimore’s downtown neighborhoods, on the Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and member of the Board of Advocates for Children & Youth. Brooke and her husband Eben Hansel have a five-year old son, Teddy, and an infant daughter, Elizabeth.
An Experienced Organizer
After graduating from Dartmouth College, Brooke worked for several years organizing for change at the grassroots level. She was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the DREAM Program, a mentoring program that forms partnerships between college students and children living in subsidized housing, and that has had a profound and sustained positive effect on the lives of the low-income children it serves. She still keeps in touch with her mentees and believes strongly in the power of good mentoring programs. Brooke also worked as an organizer on the 2002 Senate campaign of Paul Wellstone, and the 2004 presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry. Brooke was a DNC Convention Delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and spent time in Pittsburgh working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Through her early work on campaigns, Brooke learned the importance of working with citizens at the local level to organize for systemic change.
A Lawyer for Working People
Brooke went to law school to gain the skills to empower individuals to take charge of the adverse situations confronting them, and to work to fight injustice one client at a time. While in law school, she fought for clients in need of better housing as part of the Legal Aid Fair Housing Clinic. After graduating, she returned to Maryland and completed a clerkship at the U.S. Federal District Court in Baltimore. Brooke currently works as a civil-rights attorneyat the Baltimore firm of Brown Goldstein and Levy LLP, where she represents a range of clients, from workers whose wages have been unfairly withheld to disabled citizens seeking access to public facilities and an equal education. She has also represented and worked with organizations like Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., the National Federation of the Blind, and the United Workers.
An Advocate for Communities at the Local Level
Brooke regularly works with neighborhood associations and individuals throughout the City that are fighting to make their streets safer, cleaner, and greener.
Prior to being elected, Brooke worked as pro bono counsel to several community associations, advocating on their behalf in front of the Baltimore City Liquor Board. Her work led to the closure of dangerous bars that repeatedly violated the law and their liquor licenses and degraded the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods. In 2012, she successfully represented a Southeast community in front of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners to close down a local bar that neighbors had been working to shutter for years – one of the few license revocations ever granted by the Liquor Board. In June 2013, she successfully represented the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association (and other organizations) fighting the expansion of a license in the Cross Street area.
Brooke was also an executive board member of the Fell’s Point Residents Association, where she led an effort to work with the City to repopulate the declining tree canopy of Fell’s Point and surrounding neighborhoods. She also served on the boards of the the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA), an organization dedicated to supporting downtown families, and the Citizens Planning & Housing Association, a city-wide group dedicated to empowering citizens and community groups to make grass-roots change.
Now, although she represents Baltimore City at the state level, she has continued to be a champion for local communities, working to build more parks and playgrounds, increase access to mass transit, and to start and expand community development corporations and work. District 46 residents and leaders know that when they need an ally, Brooke is there for them.