Brenda joins Inatai as a program associate on the grantmaking team. Her role includes a variety of administrative, relationship management, research, and team-wide coordination activities that ensure the team functions efficiently and effectively. Brenda’s previous experience has focused on direct services. She was a program director for Communities in School of Benton-Franklin, a wrap-around direct student support program, and worked at the Children’s Reading Foundation, where she coordinated reading programs to improve childhood literacy in the Tri-Cities region.
Brenda earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Washington State University. While there, she also founded the Alpha Nu Multicultural Sorority, the first of its kind at WSU. She went on to earn her master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. In her free time, Brenda is a proud mom to her daughters, Soraya and Luna. She enjoys taking them to outdoor community festivals and spending time with her husband and parents.