Yolonda Brooks is a Community Engagement Specialist at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Office of Equal Opportunity. She is responsible for the engagement of minority, women and veteran owned businesses and individuals through its DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Support Services, Mentor-Protégé and pre-apprenticeship outreach programs.

At WSDOT, Yolonda help organize the Regional Contracting Forum, Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Career and Opportunity Fair, Champion of Inclusion Awards and Business After-Hours Reception (WSDOT, Sound Transit, Port of Seattle), NAMC- National Association of Minority Contractors 1st training and gala, Washington State Department of Transportation Pre-apprentice/Apprentice/Contractor Event.

Yolonda formerly served as a revenue agent for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries where she worked with Industrial Insurance and reviewed public works projects for retainage release.

Prior to coming to the State, Yolonda worked for Pierce County Planning as a permit technician where she researched parcels to determine what could be built, including priority habitat, zoning, setbacks, and flood zones. She worked for both the Federal Police and the E-911 systems as a call receiver and dispatcher.

Yolanda is a community volunteer known as a “volunteeraholic” due to the amount of volunteer hours she has served. As the secretary for COMTO WA, she has committed to represent all members, support COMTO’s various programs and provide accurate and timely information to members and the public, as needed.