Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

George Benjamin Brooks, Jr. Ph.D. is the founder and owner of the NxT Horizon Group, a consulting firm focusing on sustainable solutions for contemporary problems with particular expertise in urban agriculture, aquaponics, STE(A)M education, inclusion and small business. He earned a BS in zoology from Arizona State University and a MS in biology (marine) at San Diego State University. Dr. Brooks earned a Ph.D., in wildlife and fisheries sciences, along with the Centennial Achievement Award at the University of Arizona. He specializes in urban food systems, economic development, aquaponic aquaculture, sustainability, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act), diversity, Science Technology Engineering (the Arts) and Mathematics (STE(A)M) education, urban planning and transformational leadership.

A popular public speaker, Dr. Brooks has served on numerous boards and commissions including as the first executive director of the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs (under then Governor Janet Napolitano), the Central Arizona Project (the organization that manages one half of the water provided to central Arizona), the Phoenix Union High School District, the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Vice Chair of PlanPhx the team that wrote the 2015 City of Phoenix General Plan, Vice Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee and on the board of the Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce.