Patty Pansing Brooks has been actively involved in making Lincoln and Nebraska a better place since the 1980s. From her earlier work with the YWCA, the United Way of Lancaster County, and her keen involvement with the Lincoln School System over the past twenty years, Pansing Brooks has long established a track record of giving back to the community.
She is a small business owner and partner in her law firm, Brooks Pansing Brooks, a wife and mother of three children, all who are active in the community.
Her volunteer activity over the past ten years has included co-chairing the fundraising effort for millions of dollars for Lincoln’s new Union Plaza on Antelope Parkway, lobbying for a needed $250 million dollar school bond issue, and most recently co-chairing the capital campaign to renovate Nebraska’s Centennial Mall, and Union Plaza. Her tireless energy and positive spirit kept the team ignited as they worked toward their goals. She held the bar high regarding these efforts and inspired the team with creative ideas that drove all to success. Lincoln is a better place because of Patty’s energy, commitment and passion for her community.
A short list of some of her most recent volunteer efforts is below:
Co-Chair, Nebraska’s Centennial Mall $9.6 Million Fundraising Campaign, 2009 – Present
Member, Mayoral Appointee, Partnership for Healthy Lincoln Board, 2010 – Present
Co-Chair, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, 2010 – Present
Trustee, Lincoln Parks Foundation Board of Trustees, 2009 – Present
Co-Chair, Union Plaza $6 Million Fundraising Campaign, 2008 – 2010
Coordinating Committee, First Plymouth Church $10 Million Renovation Campaign, 2012 – Present
Member, Cather Circle-University of Nebraska Alumni Association Student Mentoring, 2007 – Present
Member, University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor’s Board of Counselors, 2005 – Present
Co-Chair, $250 Million School Bond Issue Campaign and Special Election, 2005 – 2006
Co-Chair, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent’s Student Housing Task Force, 2005
Member, Lancaster County Board Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Proposal Review, 2002
Patty’s volunteer involvement in our state over the past twenty years has touched individual lives as a mentor, improved thousands of children’s lives through her volunteer school bond issue, and made all of our lives better with her tireless work. Her inspiration is reflected in everyone who has contact with her, pushing each to be more passionate about their volunteerism or work.
Patty is the third generation of her family to live, work and raise her children in the District. Patty and her husband, Loel Brooks, have raised their children in the District, since 1991, where they reside today.
Patty’s Grandfather, Dr. Clarence Emerson, was the first physician to build a medical practice in the District that was outside of the downtown area. Her father, Tom Pansing, and uncle, Bob Guenzel, established their law firm in District 28, in 1948, where it remains located to this day.
Patty’s family has a long history of attendance in the Lincoln Public Schools. Her mother, Lu Pansing, attended Irving Middle School and graduated from Lincoln High in 1937. Patty and her three children all attended Irving Middle School and when her daughter graduates in 2015, all will have graduated from Southeast High School.
Community service is in Patty’s DNA. Patty’s commitment to community service emanates from her family’s long-standing efforts to serve the community. Her father, Tom, served on the Lincoln City Council after World War II, and as interim Mayor in the early 1950’s. Likewise, Patty’s mother, Lu, served on the Lincoln Board of Education, the Lincoln Community Foundation and she founded the Nebraska Branch of the Orton Dyslexia Society.
Patty’s family has attended First Plymouth Congregational Church for over 75 years. Her parents were married at First Plymouth, as were Patty and Loel.
Patty and her family are very grateful for the opportunities they have been given to serve and to have served the Lincoln community and have treasured their historic relationship with Legislative District 28.