“What you do for yourself dies with you, what you do for others lives on forever.”
–As paraphrased from Ken Robinson by Robert Rose (Whitney’s grandfather)
Since joining the Junior League of New Orleans in 2005, Whitney Lamb Brooks has served on committees that make a significant and lasting impact in the community. More than a decade of volunteering makes her well-suited for the Community Council Director of the Junior League of New Orleans. She coordinates, develops and maintains JLNO programs that further the organization’s mission and focus area of Advancing the Wellbeing of Women. Her organizational skills and ability to network and interact with other community leaders allow her to inform the membership of community needs and give support, advice and direction to committee chairs. By conscientiously evaluating each program and its efficacy, Whitney makes strategic planning recommendations to the Board in the areas of projects and community involvement.
Edible Schoolyard and Second Harvest Food Bank were the first two committees upon which Whitney served. Having observed the impact JLNO’s hands-on work can have, she transitioned into assisting with JLNO’s funding efforts. She led the Community Assistance Fund committee, which awards grants to nonprofits that can effectively demonstrate they have a need for resources and seek to advance the wellbeing of women, thus extending JLNO’s desire to improve metropolitan New Orleans. For the past two years, Whitney has volunteered as part of the leadership team for JLNO’s Diaper Bank. She helped educate metropolitan New Orleans about diaper need while hosting diaper drives, buying highly discounted diapers, engaging businesses and schools, and sorting, packing and storing diapers. The combined efforts of that committee and our membership enabled JLNO to exceed its initial goal of collecting and distributing 90,000 diapers by more than 20,000 within the first year of the program’s existence.
After graduating from Metairie Park Country Day School, Whitney returned to be the Director of Country Day’s Early Childhood Center. She manages Country Day’s infant to 4-year-old program with approximately 125 students and is in her 10th year as Director. She most recently oversaw the construction of a new 10,000 square foot state-of-the art child care facility and expansion of the entire program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursery School/Kindergarten Teaching from Louisiana State University.
Whitney resides in Old Metairie with her husband Roy, who works in Supplier Business Development at Republic National Distributing Company, and their two sons Timothy (6) and Robert (3), who attend Metairie Park Country Day School and Country Day’s Early Childhood Center. From a very young age, Whitney has been inspired by her mother’s endless devotion to volunteerism and making her community a better place. Whitney’s mother is Beverly Lamb, a JLNO sustaining member.