Brooke Fernandez - Marks Education Counselor

Brooke Fernandez joined Marks Education College Admission Counseling in March 2006 after serving as Assistant Director of Admissions at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Brooke’s deep experience as an independent academic counselor supports clients through every step of the college application process. Brooke works with students long-distance as well as in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.

From helping students navigate the Common App to finalizing essays for college admission, Brooke works one-on-one with students and their parents to create a tailored approach to their college search and alleviate stress. She values education and the importance of finding the best fit for each student, and in her many years as an independent academic consultant, she has learned that every student’s situation is unique.

Brooke is a member of the Advisory Council for Collegiate Directions, Inc., our sister non-profit committed to closing the education, achievement and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. Brooke is still in touch with CDI scholars from its founding years who are now successful in their careers, a testimony to how the program benefits students through college and beyond. She co-chaired Collegiate Directions’ Annual Benefit in 2017 and 2018.

Brooke is a proud mother of three. She enjoys traveling, running and animals, especially dogs, and looks forward to spending time with family and friends on the weekends.

Brooke is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and is an Associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).


  • Montgomery County Public Schools: Westbrook Elementary
  • National Cathedral School
  • Trinity College, BA in Political Science
  • The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions


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My daughter worked closely with Brooke throughout the application process, and ultimately the decision-making process. Brooke brought both mature insight — helping her to see the “long view,” to understand what she hoped for in her college experience and what kind of community she would best flourish in — and an uncanny ability to see the process through the eyes of a high school junior, then senior, and all of the uncertainty, excitement, reluctance, distraction, and wide-ranging emotion that the college selection process seems to call up within students. And, their parents. She combined wise counsel with encouragement, thoughtful questioning and practical advice. For both the student and his or her parent, it can be difficult to balance the stress and uncertainty of the college selection process, while continuing to live the rest of life “normally” — Brooke’s first-hand experience on both sides of this process, her willingness to invest enough of herself to get to know (really know) a student’s strengths and character, and her honest and respectful feedback were invaluable . . . My daughter LOVED working with her!

— Marks Education Parent, Bethesda, MD

Brooke Fernandez was an integral member of the Trinity College admissions office staff for three years, from 2002 through 2005. As a professional in the field of higher education, she clearly understood the perspective of the selective liberal arts college and the many factors considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. Brooke’s familiarity with virtually every aspect of this complex process makes her an invaluable resource to students seeking candid, well-informed and thoughtful assistance in finding the right school and employing the appropriate strategies to get there. Brooke’s extensive experience with all constituencies of the Trinity College community, with many secondary school counselors throughout the country, and with hundreds of young students whose applications she assessed provides a broad, multifaceted foundation of expertise. You will find her personal style to be warm and forthright, and her professional substance to be immediately evident.

— Larry R. Dow, Dean of Admissions, Trinity College (CT)