Assistant Director of Community Relations at the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship
Brooke Fallon is the Assistant Director of Community Relations at the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, located at the University of Chicago Law School. Brooke leads the IJ Clinic’s outreach and advocacy efforts, working to make Chicago a more welcoming environment for low-income entrepreneurs. She coordinates the IJ Clinic’s campaigns to engage strategic partners, government officials, and community members, fighting for every Chicagoan’s right to make an honest living.
Through her work, the IJ Clinic is able to connect low-income entrepreneurs with the resources they need to make their dreams a reality. Brooke coordinates the IJ Clinic’s conferences and trainings for aspiring entrepreneurs, reaching hundreds of small business owners in the process. Events include South Side Pitch, a pitch competition aimed at highlighting innovation on the South Side; and an annual conference on growing a business. In 2012, Brooke facilitated the My Streets My Eats Mobile Food Symposium, a conference that brought together experts from around the country to address the benefits of urban street food cultures, the need to reform Chicago’s laws, and how cities can create economic opportunity by removing barriers to vending.
Brooke is one of the lead organizers of the Street Vendor Justice Coalition, a group working to legalize the livelihood of Chicago’s 1500 street vendors. As part of this campaign she works to outline policy recommendations, meet with city officials, and develop creative campaigns for grassroots organizing.
Brooke received her B.A in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Before joining the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, Brooke worked at a number of nonprofits in the Chicago area, including the Center for What Works, the University of Chicago Community Service Center, and Heartland Alliance.