Jim and Donna BrooksView all stories
A passion for education, respect for Grand Valley's record, and a desire to help transform our regional and state economy prompted civic leaders Jim and Donna Brooks to make a major gift to the Shaping Our Future Campaign.
Residing in Holland, Michigan with Donna, Jim served for a dozen years as chairman of Brooks Beverage Management, later known as Beverage America. Among his innovations was the introduction of Diet Squirt as one of the first soft drinks using Nutrasweet to address consumer concerns about saccharin.
Today he is a managing partner of Brooks Capital Management with interests in real estate development and property management. Regional collaboration is priority for him as Founding Chair of West Michigan Strategic Alliance.
Donna has long advocated for community development in Holland, serving on several boards there. She is a former trustee and chair of the GVSU Board of Trustees, as well as a board member for Homecor. Donna's commitment to higher education is reflected most recently by her service in the campaigns for Grand Valley's health and engineering buildings.
Together, Jim and Donna are Vice Chairs of the Grand Valley University Foundation and serve as co-chairs of Shaping Our Future with Dan and Pam DeVos. They have created two scholarships at Grand Valley and have also donated the Lixenberg Collection of works on paper by leading Dutch artists since WWII.