The Woods Institute is now part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
Brook Thompson is a master's student in the civil and environmental engineering department at Stanford University. Her focus is on water resources and hydrology. Her goal is to bring impactful change in water rights and protection through Native American knowledge, engineering, public policy and social action. Brook has previously worked as an intern for the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and West Yost Associates engineering.
Brook received her undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering with a minor in political science from Portland State University (PSU) in 2020, graduating from PSU's honors college. Brook has traveled to eleven different countries worldwide on study abroad trips to learn about global water issues facing indigenous communities. While abroad, she took coastal ecology and government classes to learn about multifaceted solutions to these issues. Giving speeches on current West Coast water issues to non-profits, local governments and school groups takes up most of her free time. Brook is a Native American from the Yurok and Karuk Tribes of Northern California. She grew up between her homes on the Yurok reservation and in Portland, OR. She has won multiple awards and fellowships, including - but not limited to - the 2020 ASU's Imagination Art-Science Fellowship, 2020 UNITY's 25 Under 25 Award, Dennis Washington Leaders Scholarship, American Indian Graduate Center's 2017 Undergraduate Student of the Year and is a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar.