Speakers

Brooke Perry Pardue

President & CEO at Parks Alliance of Louisville

Brooke joined the Parks Alliance of Louisville in November 2017 as President/CEO after serving on the Board for five years, the last two as Chair. This marked a big step forward for the Alliance, and for Brooke, as the first employee of the organization.

The Alliance realized early in the pandemic that one-off projects in our public parks were never going to move the needle on decades of racial injustice and health disparities. After more than 18 months of data collection and analysis, spearheaded by national experts, Parks for All ~ A Citywide Equity Action Plan was launched in January 2023 and is being implemented by Mayor Greenberg’s administration. This 15-year master plan for Louisville Parks & Recreation calls for a significant increase in funding of our public parks, and for capital investments to be prioritized equitably based on park need and community conditions. Additionally, the Alliance opened Phase 1 of Alberta O. Jones Park in November 2023 which, when completed in Phase 2, will encompass 20 acres in one of the highest-needs communities in Louisville. Through a community-driven planning process, residents chose everything from recreational amenities to naming the park after Alberta Jones—a pioneering Louisville attorney and civil rights champion.

Both initiatives address decades of systemic disinvestment in Louisville’s neighborhood parks in low-income communities of color where the health and environmental benefits of quality greenspace are needed most.

Prior to her tenure at the Alliance, Brooke served as the Constituent Services Manager for Congressman John Yarmuth for a decade. She was born and raised in Louisville, where she lives with her husband, Tom, and their two fur babies, Anya and Willie.