A Glen Rose High School graduate is headed to Washington, D.C., chosen to work in the White House as an advisor within the Trump administration.
Brooke Rollins, 45, the CEO and president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, is taking a job in the White House Office of American Innovation, led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor.
Rollins has led the Austin-based conservative think tank for 15 years.
"Brooke is an exceptional and visionary leader who has had a tremendous impact on Texas and the direction of this nation,” TPPF executive vice president Kevin Roberts said in a statement. "We are enormously proud to have her serve the president in the White House Office of American Innovation. In no uncertain terms, she is the right person for the job."
The Washington Post reported that Rollins will replace Reed Cordish, who is stepping down as assistant to the president in the Office of American Innovation.
On Feb. 16, Rollins was the guest speaker at the Somervell County Republican Club’s annual Reagan Dinner at the Citizens Center in Glen Rose.
The county’s Republican Party chair, Deedee Jones, was a teacher at Glen Rose High School for 14 years, and had Rollins in one of her U.S. history classes.
Jones also worked with her in UIL competition, and indicated that she was not surprised to see Rollins be picked for such a position.
“Brooke Rollins was a true pleasure to have as a student,” Jones stated. “She is intelligent, focused and caring. You don’t find all those qualities in one person that often. Those of us who taught her at Glen Rose High School knew that she would make us all proud one day. And this new job in Washington is very exciting. We wish her well and will keep her in our prayers.”
Rollins graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural development. She was the first female to be elected as student body president at A&M. Rollins graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. In 2011, she was named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful Texans.
In high school, Rollins was president of the local FFA chapter, and became the first female vice president of the Texas state FFA program.
Rollins mother, Helen Kerwin, told the Glen Rose Reporter that her daughter is in the process of moving to Washington.
Rollins led TPPF since 2003 after working for Rick Perry, who was then the Texas governor and now serves as U.S. energy secretary.
Since Trump's election, Rollins has built a close relationship with the White House — particularly the Office of American Innovation, which has teamed up with the TPPF to push criminal justice reform. In a statement provided by the TPPF, Kushner said Rollins is "well prepared to continue executing on our key initiatives."