Brenda served as a Senior Consultant and Principal at Marts & Lundy for nearly seven years before moving to Of Counsel. Prior to joining the firm, she was Vice President for Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, New York. Before RPI, Brenda served as Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State University Foundation in Pullman, Washington, where she led a team that raised more than $500 million in the first three years of a seven-year, $1 billion campaign.
Over the course of her 20-plus years in advancement, Brenda has served as Senior Director of Development at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, leading a $125 million component of MSU’s $1.4 billion campaign; and as Vice President of DePaul University in Chicago, where her tenure was marked by more than tripling annual fundraising results. She also has served in leadership roles at the Morehouse School of Medicine, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the University Cultural Center Association at Wayne State and the Museum of African-American History in Detroit.
Brenda is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She has presented at Association of Governing Boards (AGB) and CASE conferences, and volunteered her skills to nonprofit organizations in Detroit, Lansing, Atlanta, and Chicago. Brenda serves on the 2017 conference planning committee for CASE’s African American Development Officers Network.