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The Foundation

“Political strength is measured by the people you have working for you and voting for you and the lack of organization of those who are against you.”

–Jack Brooks

Through Education and Service
Illuminate The Impact of Public Policy
On Its Nation and Its Citizens
Both Today and Tomorrow

The Jack Brooks Foundation

Jack Brooks authored important legislation during his 42 years in Congress that remains foundational to our nation’s laws to this day. More than that, it was how he conducted himself as a representative of all his constituents, and how he was able to successfully collaborate with other members on both sides of the aisle. It would be good for America and for future politicians to apply his balanced methodology when crafting current legislation.

Board Members

Jeb Brooks


Jeb Brooks is the son of the late Congressman Jack Brooks. Jeb has been working in finance with companies of all sizes for over 35 years. Currently a Managing Partner of Pinewood Trading Fund, L.P., Jeb was previously the Founding Owner and Vice President of Oak River Financial Group as well as Senior Vice President with First Bank & Trust. He began his career in banking, over 35 years ago with Citibank in Taiwan and rose to Vice President at Citigroup International Securities in London. Jeb completed Citicorp‘s Associates Training Program in 1991 and School of Bank Marketing and Management in 1999. He has an East Asian Studies degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. He is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Jon Basanna

President and CEO

Jon Bassana serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jack Brooks Foundation. He has an extensive business background having founded and managed companies in diverse industries from communications, healthcare and agriculture to disaster response. Jon has also served as a consultant for startups and various projects in video production, commercial real estate, water recycling and government affairs.

Born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and a constituent of Congressman Brooks for many years, he witnessed Jack Brooks’ extraordinary influence on Southeast Texas and American history firsthand. Working closely with the Brooks family, Jon meticulously researched and developed a comprehensive video archive of the work of Congressman Brooks and memories of his friends and colleagues. Jon holds a B.S. in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives with his wife and kids in San Antonio, Texas.

Stephanie Williams


Stephanie Williams is a CPA with over 20 years of experience and practice in Texas. She manages her own office in the Houston area. She has many years of working with non-profits, both as a CPA and as a board member for various organizations. In her leisure time, she is busy raising her two teenage daughters or playing tennis.