Board of Directors

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Brenda Coley is the co-executive director of Milwaukee Water Commons.  Over the years, she has served in various positions in the nonprofit and academic sectors and brings a longstanding commitment to social justice and community organizing.  She has been a nonprofit director, research coordinator, and project manager with expertise in leadership development and organizational capacity building.

Before joining Milwaukee Water Commons, Coley was sole proprietor of Brenda Coley & Associates, helping local and national organizations build the cultural competence to approach marginalized populations around health, leadership development, and social justice issues.  In addition, she has served on many community engagement boards and public health initiatives—specifically focused on equality and health disparities within the LGBTQ and other minority communities in Milwaukee.

Coley is committed to exploring the influences of one’s own culture and understanding ways in which groups of people are treated in society—using that knowledge to develop strategies to effectively engage diverse groups of people in important community issues.