Cindy Brooks

Cindy Brooks

Cindy Brooks

Born in: Seattle

Lives in: Bellingham and Mount Vernon

Education: Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College and an MBA in sustainable systems from Presidio Graduate School.

Occupation: Certified business adviser with Washington Small Business Development Center and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County.

Best part of living here: The best part of living here is running on Little Mountain and being outside. It’s beautiful.”

What’s the best part of your job? “I love helping people grow their business. At EDASC, I have the ability to work at a systems level, so I’m helping organizations that provide services for small businesses and help them work better together.”

How do you take your coffee? “Cup of drip with a little soy milk.”

What are you most looking forward to this season? “I’m taking a dingy sailing class this summer.”

What are you binging on Netflix right now? “’Travels with my Father’ with Jack Whitehall. I like it because he’s a comic and he is able to exaggerate intergenerational awkwardness through stories he tells about traveling to Thailand with his dad, who’s super conservative. I’ve never laughed so hard.”

What is your favorite book or movie? “I like books about community investing, such as ‘Slow Money’ by Woody Tasch. This one is about regular people wanting to contribute to their community and pooling their money to make a difference locally.”

When I was younger, I wanted to be: “An explorer or an adventurer.”

What would be your spirit animal? “A diatom. It’s a photosynthesizing algae that has attributes of both plants and animals. I chose that because they’re so cool. Its sort of a metaphor for being a speck in the universe because they’re these tiny little creatures floating everywhere.”



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