Board Position: President & CEO
For seventy five years, the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Inc. (Liberty USO) has served the needs of the military families throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
In his seven years with Liberty USO, Mr. Brooks has maintained a focus on the financial stability and transparency of the organization. The result has been the creation and expansion of innovative programing and expanded services provided to military families including the addition of financial planning and career transition workshops. Most recently Mr. Brooks led the effort to secure the geographic expansion of Liberty USO. The change, which was approved in July 2016 by the USO’s Board of Governors, enables Liberty USO to assist military families from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. The immediate impact includes the opening of the newest USO center in the United States of America. The USO Fort Indiantown Gap Center will open in the Fall 2016. Currently he is serving on the board sub-committee crafting a strategic plan which will guide the Liberty USO’s direction through 2020.
Prior to his time with Liberty USO, Joe spent nearly twenty years with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (formerly Penn’s Landing Corporation). From 2004-2009 he served as the Acting President of the company. In his capacity as acting President of the DRWC, Joe led a team of approximately 100 employees covering the executive, administrative and union maintenance departments for the waterfront development agency.
Joe is a graduate of Temple University where he is now an instructor for the School of Hospitality and Tourism. A native of Philadelphia, Joe resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his four children.