Who We Are

Brookings United is made up of nearly 200 non-supervisory workers at the Brookings Institution from research and non-research departments and nearly every occupation. We are communications professionals, administrative staff, fundraisers, research assistants and analysts, editors, and more. We have diverse backgrounds, different educational experiences, and we come from all over the country and the world. Together, we make Brookings.

Brookings United is working together to make Brookings an even better place to work.

Brookings United is the culmination of a three-year-long effort that started in the summer of 2018 after a group of non-supervisory staff went to senior leadership to discuss shared concerns over a number of Brookings policies that hindered the work lives of staff and limited Brookings’s ability to fulfill its mission.

After recognizing a lack of urgency from senior leadership in addressing key issues that would make Brookings a fairer and more equitable place to work as well as a fundamental inability to hold management accountable, Brookings United was formed.

Partnering with our nonprofit peers.

Nonprofit Professional Employees Union

Brookings United is represented by the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). NPEU was founded in 1998 and today represents more than 500 members at nearly 40 nonprofits in DC and around the country. NPEU exclusively represents staff at nonprofit organizations and their members’ contracts are tailored to the unique needs of their organizations. NPEU members are raising standards for the whole nonprofit industry.

NPEU represents staff at organizations such as: The Center for American Progress, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

NPEU is run by and for members. They are governed by elected officers and an executive board made up of volunteer members.

NPEU in the News:

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers

NPEU is a local union of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE). The 80,000 members of IFPTE include aerospace engineers, scientists, lawyers, and many other professionals from across all sectors and industries. IFPTE is a bottom-up, employee-based organization that gives professional and technical employees the collective power to raise wages, benefits, and working conditions.