TeQuion M. Brookins is a full-time community volunteer and social entrepreneur. After serving several years at private grantmaking foundation McGregor Fund (Detroit, MI), she was appointed as McGregor’s first director of operations, becoming the 94-year old foundation's only African American employee to ever hold a director-level position.
Brookins has founded several social enterprises including a business consulting firm specializing in start-up assistance for small, women and minority owned entities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed a sanitizing and cleaning company to help make indoor spaces safer for MIchigan schools, homes and small businesses.
In 2019 Brookins founded the Minority Freedom Community Fund(MFCF), a nonprofit providing pathways to philanthropy for people of color nationwide. Detroit’s entrepreneurial hub TechTown and the Rocket Community Fund featured Brookins and the MFCF in its Innovator Series 2020, which “shines the spotlight” on those who responded creatively and quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to being named a Comcast Newsmaker.
An active participant in philanthropic circles and the Detroit business community, Brookins serves on two international boards, including Global Executive Business Consultants, and A Child for All. Brookins was elected to serve as a founding board member and committee leader for Connect 313, a citywide, data-driven digital inclusion strategy to make Detroit a national model for digital inclusion. She is a 2020 recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “20 in Their 20s” award, a 2021 recipient of Acquisition International’s Influential Businesswoman awards, and was nominated for Corp! Magazine Michigan’s Most Valuable Millennial.
Brookins is involved in a myriad of philanthropic and civic organizations and initiatives including: The Michigan Nonprofit Association, a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector; PEAK Grantmaking a nonprofit transforming philanthropy by advancing equitable, effective grantmaking practices; the National Black MBA Association creating educational opportunities and economic growth for African Americans, including partnerships to provide access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities; the Association for Black Foundation Executives to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities; the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce; the Detroit Chamber of Commerce; the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Advisory Council; the Council of Michigan Foundations which has announced a statewide Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative in four cities funded by the Kellogg Foundation; the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network focused on building a diverse and powerful social sector; and the Technology Affinity Group, a membership association of foundations promoting use of information and communications technology to further philanthropic goals.
Brookins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster with a minor in Africana Studies in 2012. She received dual master’s degrees in Finance and in Business Administration from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy in 2018.
Brookins currently lives in Metro Detroit with her partner and two dogs, Choco and Baby.