René Sing-Brooks, born on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast in 1961, is a writer, photographer and digital filmmaker living in Jackson Heights, New York. He arrived in the United States in 1992, invited by the State University of New York, to be part of its one-year Oral History Program based in Buffalo, NY.
From 1993 to 1995, Sing-Brooks worked for the Coalition for Economic Survival, a tenants' rights organization based in Los Angeles, CA. After moving to New York in 2002, he was hired by The Fortune Society—a human development and advocacy organization for people who have been incarcerated—joining its Education Program team and taking charge of Fortune's computer literacy initiative. Seven years into what would become a 14 years tenure, Sing-Brooks developed a Multimedia Workshop that received funding from the New York City Department of Education and the West Harlem Development Corporation.
Rene Sing-Brooks is currently pursuing his degree in Commercial Photography at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York.