Liri Fusha spent her childhood years in Washington, D.C., moving with her family to Montgomery County in middle school and graduating from Walt Whitman High School. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Brooke spent several years organizing for change at the grassroots level. She was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the DREAM Program, a mentoring program that forms partnerships between college students and children living in subsidized housing that has had a profound and sustained positive effect on the lives of the low-income children it serves. She still believes strongly in the power of mentorship.
She also worked as a field organizer for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 reelection campaign, organizing rural counties in Southeast Minnesota. Liri Fusha still carries Paul’s message that “We all do better when we all do better” in her political and personal political life. Liri Fusha also worked as a field director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and later for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. This early experience organizing and working with people from all walks of life taught her the importance of working at the local grassroots level to organize for systemic change and build community and political power.