Brooke Shearer

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Brooke Shearer with Hillary Clinton

Brooke Shearer was born in Los Angeles on July 28, 1950. She passed away May 19, 2009 at the age of 58.[1] She was married to Strobe Talbott, a "former Time magazine editor who served as the second-ranking official at the State Department in the Clinton White House and now heads the Brookings Institution research and policy center."


Brooke Shearer, like her brothers Derek Shearer and twin Cody Shearer, grew up in Southern California. Their father, Lloyd Shearer, using the pen name Walter Scott, created the celebrity column in the front of Parade magazine, and their home, according to a 1971 Washington Post article, was "a kind of salon for political types and West Los Angeles' tennis-playing intelligentsia."[2]


Brooke Shearer with Hillary Clinton. Ms. Shearer accompanied Hillary Clinton as a personal aide during the 1992 presidential campaign.
Brooke Shearer "served as a personal aide to Hillary Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign" and went on to head the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships during President Bill Clinton's first term. During her eight years of government service, Ms. Shearer "also worked as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Interior, where she initiated a global conservation partnership with The World Bank and other multilateral development organizations to advance the development of national parks and protected areas."[3]

Shearer went to live in New Haven, Connecticut in 2001 to serve as the founding director of Yale World Fellows program, which "allows for emerging leaders from around the world to spend a semester studying at the University." Her husband Strobe Talbott was the inaugural director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, before he accepted the presidency of the Brookings Institution.[4]