Growing up and working within both the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River Watersheds, Brenna has spent her career working to protect and improve water quality across the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining River Network as the Leadership Development Manager, Brenna spent over a decade educating various environmental nonprofit organizations on the importance of professional advocacy, best management practices for building an advocacy campaign, and how to utilize advocacy strategies for maximum results.
As the former Director of Advocacy and External Affairs with Delaware Nature Society, Brenna advocated for access to clean drinking water, improved public access to open spaces, and funding to expand and maintain Delaware’s natural areas. In addition to overseeing and implementing the organization’s environmental advocacy efforts, she served as the primary voice of the organization to elected and appointed officials, reporters and other news media; served on statewide and regional Task Forces and Steering Committees; and trained individuals and organizations alike on effective grassroots advocacy practices. Brenna currently serves on the Chesapeake Executive Council’s Citizen Advisory Council, providing advice to the leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Program partners on the progress, policies, and approaches to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.
Brenna received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bridgewater College and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She enjoys hiking in our beautiful National Parks, gardening, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and hanging out with her husband and two Westies.