The only woman serving as public address announcer in all of major league baseball, Renel Brooks-Moon is known nationally as the voice of the San Francisco Giants. Familiar to hundreds of thousands of fans, her voice has been called “booming,” “jazzy,” and “energetic.”
But her voice was not always so strong and self-assured. “My school years were difficult and I struggled with my sense of self,” she says. “At Mills, I met African American women with the same experience as my own; they helped me find my voice as a feminist and community activist. I became a founding member of the Black Women’s Collective and, in my sophomore year, I was elected president of Ege Hall. It was a delight to meet and build relationships with like-minded women. I really felt empowered by those experiences.”
Meanwhile, Renel acquired skills that strengthened the power of her voice. “I honed my public speaking and writing skills. Thanks to classical voice lessons, I learned how to take care of my voice—which helps me today during a 15-game homestand!” she says. “I left Mills feeling self-assured and ready to take on the workforce.”
Renel’s first job after college was an entry-level position at news radio station KCBS. She worked her way up to become a disc jockey at KFRC, KMEL, and KISS, where she hosted a morning show. She has also been a sports and entertainment correspondent for CBS 5, and she has been the Giants’ public address announcer since 2000.
Yet professional success has not been Renel’s only priority. Because of her visibility, she explains, “I’ve been able to give a voice to the underserved in the community.” Renel has been particularly supportive of nonprofit organizations committed to women’s and children’s issues. She says, “I am doing my best to use my voice for change and progress.”